“Nerves Are On Edge”: McMaster Has Created “Poisonous Atmosphere” Inside National Security Council
H.R. McMaster has created a “poisonous atmosphere” inside the National Security Council amid beating war drums between the U.S. and North Korea.
Daily Caller reports:
Initial leak accusations from two White House officials focused on Megan Badasch, the National Security Council (NSC) deputy executive secretary, who manages the NSC’s document portal. The portal included transcripts of his discussions, which makes her one of three people with access to the leaked documents. But three others within the White House say Badasch had nothing to do with the leaks, and the finger-pointing is a reflection of growing divisions within the NSC under Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster.
Three current administration officials interviewed by TheDCNF blame the volatile McMaster for the atmosphere and for a growing demoralization among the staff. One official characterized the NSC under his leadership as a “poisonous environment.”
McMaster was thrust into the NSC with little vetting as White House officials rushed to fill the void created when Gen. Michael T. Flynn resigned from the adviser position Feb. 13. Flynn was shown the door after presidential aides discovered he had not fully disclosed to Vice President Mike Pence all of his conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S.
Among the issues the NSC is grappling with are Russia’s expulsion of hundreds of U.S. Embassy personnel, Venezuela’s descent into totalitarianism, North Korea’s defiant missile tests and erratic strong man, and continued concerns about Iran’s expansionism throughout the Middle East.
McMaster is at odds with nearly every aspect of President Trump’s ‘America First’ agenda.
Daily Caller reports:
Nerves are on edge as staff members worry who will be axed next, according to administration officials.
McMaster’s critics insist the biggest single problem is that the NSC chief doesn’t share the president’s “America First” policy. That may be tested in the quickly looming showdown with North Korea.
Three current White House officials — all of whom requested anonymity — charged that McMaster opposes key Trump foreign and military policies.
“H.R. is just not aligned with the president, from NAFTA to climate change, to radical Islam, to immigration, to Cuba, Afghanistan and Iran. I am at a pain to find an issue that H.R. actually aligns with the president, except to the desire to actually win and beat ISIS. That’s the only one,” said one of the administration officials interviewed by TheDCNF.
Recently, National Security Advisor, H.R. McMaster took a beating this week from conservative media online following news of him purging Trump loyalists while praising Susan Rice and granting her access to classified information.
Rumors are swirling that President Trump is furious about McMaster’s decisions in his recent firings. Steve Bannon is reportedly also at odds with McMaster, causing a schism in the White House. It is a fight between the Trump loyalists and Deep State operatives still buzzing around attempting to unseat Trump.
TGP reported Thursday, McMaster might be shipped off to Afghanistan to oversee the war. The news also comes amid reports McMaster was caught leaking internal White House politics to now former Acting FBI Head Andy McCabe.
Fox News reports:
There are new questions about the future of National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster, as President Donald Trump is reportedly growing more frustrated with the lack of progress in Afghanistan.
Earlier this week, two Army soldiers were killed in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province when their convoy was hit by an explosive device. On Thursday, a suicide bomber attacked a NATO convoy near the town of Qarabagh, killing one and injuring several more.
On “The Story” tonight, Lt. Col. Michael Waltz (Ret.) said Trump is right to be frustrated with the lack of a comprehensive strategy in Afghanistan.
Despite that, Waltz cautioned against simply pulling U.S. soldiers out of the country, as Al Qaeda, ISIS and other groups would make gains in the wake of the Taliban.
Guest host Dana Perino asked if McMaster is on thin ice at the White House.
Waltz said there have long been factions in the Republican Party, with those who hold isolationist views and those who want to lead abroad, and that’s what this “tension” appears to be centered on.
As for rumors that Trump is considering shifting CIA Director Mike Pompeo to national security adviser and sending McMaster to command U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Waltz said McMaster would do a great job, but he wants to see him stay in his current position.
Circa News’ Sara Carter revealed President Trump is mulling another major White House shake-up, which would see National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo.
“Investigating: Rumors swirling in Wash circles and sources saying
@realDonaldTrump “considering CIA Pompeo to replace HR” wait and see?”, tweeted Carter.