Trump Stands by McMaster, Claims He's 'Very Pro

Reports suggest that Mc Master wants to axe anyone involved with a controversial memo claiming that the “deep state” is engaged in a Maoist-style insurgency against the Trump administration

McMaster had long sought to dismiss Cohen-Watnick, who clashed with some other members of the council, but was prevented after interventions by Trump's chief White House strategist, Steve Bannon.

The president says, "I am grateful for the work he continues to do serving our country". Breitbart attacks quoting "administration officials" alleged McMaster opposed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appearing alongside Trump at the president's recent visit to the Western Wall.

According to Lake, documents showing that Rice made the unmasking requests were uncovered by the NSC's former senior director for intelligence, Ezra Cohen-Watnick, who was sacked by McMaster on Wednesday.

"He has determined that, at this time, a different set of experiences is best-suited to carrying that work forward", a statement released by the White House said of Cohen-Watnick's release. The president is making a public endorsement of his national security adviser and pushing back against criticism from conservative media.

General McMaster had sought to remove him in March when Central Intelligence Agency leaders raised concerns about him, but Mr Cohen-Watnick appealed to Mr Trump's top advisers, Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner.

Defense Secretary James Mattis had to intervene in an argument between two top-level White House officials, Politico reports.

Trump made the wiretapping claim, without citing evidence, on Twitter in February.

According to the Times, Cohen-Watnick started to review highly classified information after Trump posted his tweet in a bid to substantiate it.

One of those fired - Director for Strategic Planning, Rich Higgins - was canned last month after writing a memo that described threats to Trump's presidency to include globalists, bankers, the "deep state", and Islamists.

And last week, Derek Harvey, a top Middle East adviser who served as special assistant to the president and senior director for the Middle East on the National Security Council, was also relieved of his duties. NSC spokesman Michael Anton insisted that Dahl's initial intent was always to assist with the transition process and then head over to a more policy-oriented role elsewhere in the administration.

Also on Thursday, the newest Trump cheerleading right-wing website Circa published a leaked letter written earlier this year extending former national security adviser Susan Rice's security clearance.

Notably, however, all three differ sharply from the relatively moderate Iran policy espoused by McMaster. The deal trades sanctions relief for a rollback of Iran's nuclear program.

McMaster, it should be noted, was the Trump administration's most senior representative and speaker earlier this year at the Israeli embassy's annual Independence Day event.

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