Trump Defends McMaster as Conservatives Seek His Dismissal

Reports suggest that Mc Master wants to axe anyone involved with a controversial memo claiming that the “deep state” is engaged in a Maoist-style insurgency against the Trump administration

US President Donald Trump has issued a defence of his national security adviser General HR McMaster, against criticism that he is not supportive enough of Israel and is stifling conservative viewpoints.

"I call the president the two-minute man", a Trump confidant told the Post, a terrifying but not entirely surprising revelation about the leader of the free world. "Trump wants to get us out of Afghanistan - McMaster wants to go in". And what do you do when a Chinese chatbot say it wants to go to American when asked what its dream was? Both men, for instance, agreed that the Trump administration should certify that Tehran is complying with the Iran nuclear deal - a pivotal decision that Trump resisted last month despite concerns that not issuing the certification would infuriate USA allies and forfeit all current restrictions on Iran's nuclear program.

The President, however, issued a statement of support for McMaster on Friday. You know, across the board, we want to get rid of the Iran deal. It is incredible to watch it happening right in front of your face.

McMaster has fired or reassigned a number of NSC staffers in recent months.

White House aides said they do not know if the purge list represented a genuine plan by a newly-empowered McMaster to root out more staffers or a ruse by pro-Trump activists created to sound the alarm about McMaster's perceived intent to clean house. On July 21, Rich Higgins, a former Pentagon aide and another NSC official close to Bannon, was sacked after writing and circulating a memo accusing the "deep state", "globalists", and "bankers" with aligning with "Islamists" to oppose Trump.

Those individuals were responsible for politicizing US national security policy, critics say. "They're taking out people who were chosen to best implement the president's policy that he articulated during the campaign".

White House officials defended General McMaster, saying that he has faithfully reflected the president's views, not tried to impose his own.

A senior administration official said McMaster ran the decision to remove Cohen-Watnick by Kelly before announcing it internally this week, and Kelly did not object.

"General McMaster and I are working very well together". "We moved very quickly from news to intelligence to policy with very little clarity on which lanes we were in", said a USA official who took part in the briefings.

"The president's already made some important decisions on Afghanistan", McMaster said in an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt that aired Saturday. This, despite accusations of her "unmasking" Trump transition team members who's names were blacked out in national security reports. One theory for why McMaster was eager to have Cohen-Watnick et al. off the NSC is that he suspected them of leaking against him, not just of differing with him on policy.

McMaster has also openly argued with senior strategist Steve Bannon, a former executive of Breitbart, over policy in Afghanistan, a debate which has seized the NSC for months.

These articles, quoting "administration officials" and a Facebook post by Israeli journalist Caroline Glick, accuse him of such "sins" as opposing an Israeli request to include Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Trump's visit to the Western Wall during his visit in Israel earlier this year.

Despite those differences, McMaster organized and attended a farewell reception for Harvey this week and voiced support for his pursuit of a new job in the Trump administration.

"Even a single page of bullet points on the country seemed to tax the president's attention span on the subject, said senior White House officials", the report continues.



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