Trump to remove national security advisor McMaster, Washington Post says

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with newly sworn-in White House Chief of Staff John Kelly

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with newly sworn-in White House Chief of Staff John Kelly

US President Donald Trump has chose to remove the National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, reported the Washinton Post, and the actively discussing potential replacements, the report said. But a statement issued by Steven Goldstein, the undersecretary of State for public diplomacy, said that Tillerson learned the news from the president's tweet.

The newspaper said that Trump was discussing potential replacements for McMaster, but was willing to take his time because he wanted to avoid humiliating him as well as to have a successor ready.

According to the report, Trump is happy to remove McMaster as they have never gelled, but he wants to line up a strong replacement first.

There was discussion in the West Wing about replacing him last fall, but he ultimately survived because officials, including the President himself, were skeptical about the optics of appointing a third national security adviser in less than a year, several sources told CNN.

McMaster's termination would add more turbulence to an administration that has seen multiple high profile staff members fired or quit in recent weeks.

Other senior White House officials carried a similar message to their employees Friday, telling more junior staffers that reports of a big shake-up happening imminently are likely overrated.

Trump's nominee to be the next secretary of state -CIA director Mike Pompeo - is a longtime favorite of the president who has demonstrated rare ability to navigate the West Wing.

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While Trump liked to boast about "my generals" - a group that included White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and McMaster - the president did not develop a rapport with the national security adviser by many insiders' accounts. Finally, investors continue to worry about the prospects for a trade war arising from President Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

Mr Trump is said to be considering replacing the general with the former ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, or Keith Kellogg, chief of staff of the National Security Council.

A search is quietly being conducted by the Pentagon to see if there is a four-star military job suited for McMaster, these officials said.

He has "complained that McMaster is too rigid and that his briefings go on too long and seem irrelevant", it said. President Trump has repeatedly been in favor of working with states to arm and train qualified school officials, and he is expected to formally endorse that this Monday.

On Tuesday, Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and told reporters at the White House he was near having his ideal team.

With a laugh, Trump said: "Who's next?" The Democratic letter alleges that Trump is firing certain officials it refers to as "Obama/Clinton loyalists not at all supportive of President Trump's foreign policy agenda". Other Trump advisers mocked DeVos' shaky appearance with Savannah Guthrie on NBC's Today show.

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