White House officials spoke in hushed tones and anxious whispers this week following a series of stunning firings by National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster that left the staff wondering: Who's next?
Another meeting of top aides is scheduled on Thursday.
A source described as a "former senior official" told the Daily Caller, "Everything the president wants to do, McMaster opposes". There has also been hilariously extensive negative coverage of McMaster published by Breitbart News, Bannon's former media organization, and the two recently clashed in an awkwardly intense dispute over Afghanistan policy at the White House as well.
In response to "the president's skepticism that winning in Afghanistan was even possible", McMaster also reportedly showed Trump promising photos of the country. Trump wants to deal with the Islam issue - McMaster doesn't.
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President Donald Trump and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster board Air Force One before departing from Andrews Air Force Base for Miami, Florida on June 16, 2017. 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.
The New York Times added that a senior White House official told them the president has "total confidence" in McMaster.
One of those fired - Director for Strategic Planning, Rich Higgins - was canned last month after writing a memo that described threats to Trump's presidency to include globalists, bankers, the "deep state", and Islamists.
But the fact he sent the letter to Rice - given the controversy surrounding her and the "unmasking" of members of the Trump campaign, transition and administration in intelligence documents - was not viewed favorably by members of the administration who aren't particular fans of McMaster.
Deputy National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland, a close ally to Flynn, was forced out of the NSC in April after McMaster took control of the council in February, but she ended up staying on until May, albeit in a largely sidelined role, and in June, the White House announced McFarland had been tapped for the position of U.S. Ambassador to Singapore. Alt-right journalist Mike Cernovich has shared links to a site called McMaster Leaks on Twitter, devoted to attacks on the general. The White House has said no decision has been made.