Is National Security Adviser McMaster on Thin Ice at the White House?

Geneva Matthews
August 6, 2017

The removals come as McMaster seeks to consolidate his control of security policy and remove loyalists to Flynn, Trump's first national security adviser who left after less than a month because of revelations that he had obscured Russian Federation ties.

James Carafano, a former Trump transition team official and vice president of the conservative Heritage Foundation, decried as counterproductive the recent spate of "blood-in-the-water" rumors. Trump wants to get us out of Syria - McMaster wants to go in.

Though Harvey has a reputation as a belligerent Iran hawk, his and McMaster's views on the the Islamic Republic deal did not result in his dismissal, aides said.

Gen. H.R. McMaster listens as U.S. President Donald Trump makes the announcement at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida. However, for those who have consecrated themselves to the priestly rites of Donald Trump's cult of personality, McMaster's staffing changes constitute nothing short of blasphemy.

And last week, Derek Harvey, a top Middle East adviser who served as special assistant to the president and senior director for the Middle East on the National Security Council, was also relieved of his duties.

Ezra Cohen-Watnick - considered to be obsessively anti Iranian. The Trump administration is now weighing a reduction of US military presence instead. McMaster tried to fire Cohen-Watnick earlier this year but was stymied by Bannon and Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who came to his defense.

For the time being though, McMaster's position seems safe, with a senior White House official telling the New York Times Friday that the president has "total confidence" in his national security adviser. On July 21, McMaster dismissed Rich Higgins, a top NSC official who was "seen as an ally of" Bannon, after Higgins wrote a memo claiming that "globalists and Islamists" were trying to undermine Trump, according to The Atlantic.

Conservative outrage has grown after it was revealed McMaster allowed Susan Rice, President Obama's National Security Advisor, to keep her security clearance.

In response to "the president's skepticism that winning in Afghanistan was even possible", McMaster also reportedly showed Trump promising photos of the country.

Nearly one month after Lake broke that story, McMaster appears to have sent a letter to Rice informing her that she could maintain her security clearance, according to the conservative news outlet Circa, which obtained a copy of the letter.

In recent weeks there have been a series of high profile resignations and firings in the White House, with press secretary Sean Spicer purportedly resigning in protest at the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.

Guest host Dana Perino asked if McMaster is on thin ice at the White House.

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