Sunday, 24 June, 2018

Who is HR McMaster, Trump's national security adviser?

White House fights report of McMaster ouster as whisper campaign escalates NBC News: McMaster To Leave White House As Soon As Next Month
| 03 March, 2018, 00:41

The Trump administration will reportedly get rid of H.R. McMaster as national security adviser this month. In particular, some believed McMaster's remarks during a security conference in Germany that there was "incontrovertible" proof that Russian Federation had meddled in the elections in favour of Trump had riled the White House.

Multiple sources familiar with the matter have said McMaster's departure is likely in the near future. It said the replacement plan was drawn up by Defence Secretary James Mattis and chief of staff John Kelly.

The White House claimed the story was incorrect.

Trump criticized McMaster on Twitter two weeks ago for telling an worldwide audience at the Munich Security Conference that evidence of Russian Federation interfering in the election was "incontrovertible".

The White House on Thursday faced fresh speculation about the future of National Security Advisor HR McMaster, with officials sending mixed messages about his possible departure. In one instance, when McMaster entered the Oval Office over the summer, Trump complained that he had already seen him that day.


There have been staff shake-ups, questions about McMaster's decision to voice political positions while still in uniform, and public disagreements with Trump, noted NBC News.

McMaster griped that Mattis, a former four-star Marine Corps general, treated him "like a three-star" as opposed to an equal in the administration, according to The Post.

Michael Anton, the spokesperson for the National Security Council, issued a separate statement saying that President Donald Trump has similarly dismissed the report. According to half a dozen defense and administration officials, the Pentagon is looking at the possibility of allowing the President to potentially move the three-star general from his current role in the administration into a four-star military role, CNN reported.

National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton said Trump called the report "fake news" in a meeting with McMaster Thursday and informed McMaster "that he is doing a great job". "General McMaster has the knowledge and foresight necessary to provide me with expert advice as we work to protect America's interests at home and overseas", Trump said. He is perhaps best known for his PhD dissertation which later became the best-selling book "Dereliction of Duty".

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