As for rumors that Trump is considering shifting CIA Director Mike Pompeo to national security adviser and sending McMaster to command US forces in Afghanistan, Waltz said McMaster would do a great job, but he wants to see him stay in his current position. Trump wants to get us out of Afghanistan - McMaster wants to go in.
Within days of the recertification, it was reported that Trump had authorized the establishment of a rival group within the White House, led by Bannon, that would seek a path out of the deal. "Conservative Review reports that from ".interviews with several current and former members of President Trump's inner circle, a profile of McMaster has emerged as a man fiercely opposed to strengthening the US alliance with the Jewish state". While Cohen-Watnick and McMaster had apparently begun to mend relations over the last several months, The Atlantic article that described Cohen-Watnick as un-fireable pushed McMaster over the edge, according to a source who spoke with Politico. He then reportedly came to the astonishing conclusion that former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice did nothing wrong by unmasking Trump campaign officials during the transition - a belief firmly at odds with past statements by Trump. 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 U.S. allies and forfeit all current restrictions on Iran's nuclear program.More news: Oxford University murder suspect arrrested in the US
Senior Adviser and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner also backed the globalist general: "General McMaster is a true public servant and a tremendous asset for the president and the administration", he said.
The reason Trump made the pro-Israel comment is because one of the lines of attack against McMaster has been that he is secretly anti-Israel. On Thursday, the New York Times reported that the "ouster" of Cohen-Watnick was "intended as a show of confidence from Mr. Kelly to Mr. McMaster".More news: Lawsuit alleges White House was complicit in Fox News conspiracy peddling
Campaign loyalists and allies of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn have been purged with increasing rapidity in recent weeks, and the battle for the NSC is developing by the day.
Rich Higgins - a former member of the Pentagon, head of strategy. "He's one of the few people who can articulate Trump's vision effectively", an official told the website. "He is a good man and very pro-Israel", Trump said in a statement Friday night.More news: After Nitish's defection, BJP set to scalp SP & BSP legislators in UP
The changes at the NSC come as the White House has seen a number of other high-profile staff changes: chief of staff Reince Priebus resigned last week and was replaced by John Kelly; press secretary Sean Spicer resigned and was replaced by Sarah Sanders; and newly tapped communications director Anthony Scaramucci was forced out after just 11 days on the job.