Which side is McMaster on? The patriots or the globalists? The Daily Beast reports President Trump’s National Security Advisor is on a warpath against Stephen Bannon over a secret Obama holdover ‘enemies list’ created by the former Breitbart News chairman.
Surely, McMaster would understand why Bannon would want to purge Obama holdovers from an administration whose policies they are hostile towards? The answer is sadly ‘no.’
Daily Beast reports:
An internal White House enemies list of alleged Obama loyalists to be fired early in the Trump administration is a key contributor to a long-running feud between the National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster and White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, two senior administration officials tell The Daily Beast.
Team Trump never acted on the list, the officials said, and now those employees have finished their tenure at the National Security Council and returned to their home agencies.
But fallout over the list—and questions about loyalty to Bannon versus McMaster—led the three-star general to fire two of his top aides, an act that’s landed McMaster in the firing line of Bannon’s alt-right media allies and Russian troll bots, both calling for his ouster.
It’s no secret National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and Chief Strategist Steve Bannon are battling over control of President Trump’s agenda. McMaster is furious with Bannon, accusing him of leaking damaging information about the globalists to Breitbart News. Things got so bad between the two that DefSec Mattis had to break them up.
McMaster is fiercely at odds with Steve Bannon, the Trump strategist who was removed from the principals committee of the National Security Council in April after McMaster’s appointment. In mid-July, the two sparred openly, in a widely attended policy meeting about Afghanistan, with McMaster advocating greater U.S. involvement and Bannon arguing for a major pullback.
The dispute got so out of hand, according to a pair of senior White House officials, that Secretary of Defense James Mattis had to intervene to get the discussion back on track.
While he has occasionally clashed with Kushner, the influential son-in-law, has a better relationship with him these days, a White House official with direct knowledge said.
The officials also said that McMaster fumes that he believes Bannon is responsible for leaking negative information about him to the news media — including via Breitbart.com, the far-right news site Bannon ran before joining the Trump campaign in 2016.
Several of the officials, who like others spoke on the condition they not be identified for fear of losing their jobs, said McMaster, who holds a Ph.D. in American history, remains on shaky ground with Trump, who they said wants to keep him — for now.
A spokesman for McMaster declined to address questions about McMaster’s relationship with key White House officials and his plans in the days ahead.