Sources have told the Washington Post that President Trump has decided to remove Gen. H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser, and is already discussing potential replacements.
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. McMaster, a three-star general, has had many public disagreements with the president, particularly over Iran and Russia.
The Post reports that Trump told White House Chief of Staff John Kelly that he wanted McMaster out two days ago and Kelly has confirmed this to several senior White House staff.
The rumors follow Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s firing via Twitter on Tuesday, leaving many White House staff wondering who is next on Trump’s hit list. On Thursday, Trump told reporters that more changes were likely. “There will always be change. And I think you want to see change,” he said. “I want to also see different ideas.”
The Post report painted a picture of turmoil in the White House based on 19 anonymous interviews with presidential advisers and administration officials. It describes many officials being unsettled by the string of oustings, including the firing of Trump’s personal aide, John McEntee, who was reportedly marched out of the White House on Tuesday.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders hit back at the speculation about McMaster’s departure on Twitter: “Just spoke to @POTUS and Gen. H.R. McMaster – contrary to reports they have a good working relationship and there are no changes at the NSC.”