Trump defends McMaster in wake of criticism on the right

EXCLUSIVE: 'Everything The President Wants To Do, McMaster Opposes,' Former NSC Official Says

EXCLUSIVE: 'Everything The President Wants To Do, McMaster Opposes,' Former NSC Official Says

Following yet another week of drama surrounding high-profile staff shake-ups, the White House is now fending off an intraparty barrage of attacks against Trump's top national security adviser, H.R. McMaster.

Despite that, Waltz cautioned against simply pulling USA soldiers out of the country, as Al Qaeda, ISIS and other groups will make gains in the wake of the Taliban.

Moreover, Circa reported on Monday that McMaster allowed former President Obama's national security adviser Susan Rice to keep her security clearance despite the fact that she unmasked members of President Trump's team and other American citizens.

In an interview with MSNBC's Hugh Hewitt that aired Saturday, McMaster said Trump has been "deeply briefed" on the strategy on North Korea. President Barack Obama's final national security adviser has always been a target of right-wing media and conservatives in Congress.

"There is a split in the White House between the Bannon camp of ideologues and the McMaster-Mattis-Tillerson camp of more centrist intellectuals", Pete Mansoor, a retired Army colonel who worked closely with McMaster, told Politico.

McMaster, it should be noted, was the Trump administration's most senior representative and speaker earlier this year at the Israeli embassy's annual Independence Day event. Trump doesn't seem interested in consensus from the generals or key security officials. Thus, McMaster has yet to earn Trump's trust in running the NSC as he sees fit.

What's more, allies of McMaster "have accused Bannon and his protege Sebastian Gorka, a cable-news mainstay, of waging a concerted campaign to minimize the national security adviser's influence". But multiple officials told BuzzFeed News that the main factors were differences between McMaster and Harvey on how the Middle East directorate should be managed as well as some heated discussions about Iran's presence in Syria during policy coordinating meetings.

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.

Some on the right have also gone after McMaster this week following the exit of Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence, from the National Security Council (NSC).

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.

Cernovich also set up a website this week called McMaster Leaks. The White House has said no decision has been made.

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