Apparently, when you work for President Trump, your job may simply never be “secure.”
Or maybe, the President is just a true believer in getting a constantly revolving, fresh perspective on the issues that he’s dealing with from day to day?
Whatever the case, it seems that the 4th major administrative change of the week may be happening sooner rather than later.
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First, Hope Hicks, one of the President’s most trusted advisers was forced out amidst a scandal involving her boyfriend’s abusive past. Then Trump’s economic advisor, Gary Cohn resigned because the President chose to raise tariffs against his advice (Trump just replaced Cohn with CNBC financial guru, Larry Kudlow.)
Then came the sudden firing of Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State, shifting CIA Director Mike Pompeo in to lead the State Department, and hiring the first female CIA Director ever…
Now, President Trump seems to be preparing to relieve National Security Advisor (NSA), H.R. McMaster of his job.
The Washington Post says that they now have confirmation from five different sources and that the President feels confident in his decision to remove McMaster but is “taking his time” in an effort not to embarrass the respected former Army General.
If that decision is made official, McMaster would become the second man to hold the position to leave since President Donald Trump took office in January 2017. He has had the task of advising a president who often delivers unfiltered thoughts about delicate national security situations like North Korea’s weapons development and the Iran nuclear deal by tweet.
McMaster’s departure would remove a knowledgeable foreign policy voice from a Trump inner circle that lacks many officials experienced in national security. Since taking the position, McMaster faced criticism from some of Trump’s nationalist supporters, who attacked him as a “globalist” who represented established thinking on national security.
With the likelihood of McMaster’s exit growing, the question now becomes – who will replace him as NSA?
Strong evidence points to George W. Bush’s ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, as a leading candidate to replace McMaster. For example, Bolton canceled his appearance on Breitbart News Daily Thursday morning, just hours before news broke of the decision to dismiss McMaster.
Sources with knowledge of the job search told Breitbart News that others in consideration include retired U.S. Army general and Trump Nation Security Council member Joseph “Keith” Kellogg and current White House Homeland Security Advisor Tom Bossert.
Kellogg served as acting national security advisor before McMaster was selected following Gen. Michael Flynn’s unceremonious dismissal from the post in February 2017 over his lack of candor regarding his transition period communication with Russian diplomats.
Bossert, who also served in the George W. Bush administration, is a popular candidate among globalist elements of the administration according to the same sources. Last April, Bossert accompanied presidential son-in-law and White House Advisor Jared Kushner on the now-infamous trip to Iraq where Kushner was snapshotted in his sharpie-monogrammed bulletproof vest.
One thing is for sure, if this happens, the media will use McMaster’s termination as another opportunity to claim that the White House is in turmoil, or that the Trump administration is in “chaos.”
But don’t count these chickens before they’re hatched, because the White House is saying the rumors are untrue.
Just spoke to @POTUS and Gen. H.R. McMaster – contrary to reports they have a good working relationship and there are no changes at the NSC.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) March 16, 2018