White House preparing for exit of national security advisor HR McMaster

Hannah Rogers
March 4, 2018

The White House pushed back Thursday against an MSNBC report that U.S. President Donald Trump is planning to imminently replace National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. "There are no personnel announcements at this time".

One long-rumored candidate to become Trump's third national-security adviser is Stephen Biegun, an auto-industry executive who worked in the George W. Bush administration but is not well known in foreign-policy circles, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Former Staff Secretary Rob Porter's resignation has reportedly upended the White House's hierarchy, leaving Cohn to jockey for the president's approval against nationalist hardliners like trade advisor Peter Navarro, according to POLITICO.

Trump lashed out at McMaster after the General said there was "incontrovertible" evidence that Russian Federation had interfered in the USA election.

McMaster has always been rumored to be eyeing the exits amid reports of friction with President Donald Trump.

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National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster speaks during a briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" that "Gen. McMaster isn't going anywhere", despite reports that he's joining the throng of advisers departing the administration.

"As the president said yesterday in the Oval Office to a number of people, he thinks he's doing a great job", she said. Those sources added that a whisper campaign against McMaster has existed within the White House for some time and has recently reached a crescendo.

But McMaster, an Army lieutenant general, has often found himself at odds with Trump, and media reports have indicated clashes between the men.

CNN reported last week, citing a half dozen unnamed administration and defense officials, that McMaster was considering options to return to the military. Trump forced out Michael Flynn after revelations that he misled administration officials about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. He later pleaded guilty to lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation about those interactions.

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