McMaster Opposes Trump's Every Move on Foreign Policy

Nick Sanchez
August 6, 2017

White House aides said they do not know if the purge list represented a genuine plan by a newly-empowered McMaster to root out more staffers or a ruse by pro-Trump activists created to sound the alarm about McMaster's perceived intent to clean house.

The Times noted that Frank Gaffney Jr., president of the Center for Security Policy, had called McMaster "insubordinate to his commander in chief" in areas such as Islamic terrorism. Trump wants to get us out of Syria - McMaster wants to go in.

In a volley of attacks from right-wing media, McMaster has been accused of being anti-Israel, having a short temper and collaborating with Obama-era officials. But McMaster has faced accusations he is anti-Israel due to his support of the Iran nuclear deal and reports that he refers to Israel as "the occupying power". President Barack Obama's final national security adviser has always been a target of right-wing media and conservatives in Congress.

Over the past month, McMaster has worked to oust some members of the National Security Council (NSC) who were previously aligned with former national security adviser Michael Flynn and Trump's chief strategist (and former Breitbart News head) Steve Bannon.

Many, if not most, bets were on National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster.

McMaster's insistence, alongside that of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Joseph Dunford, that the USA re-certify Iran's compliance with the Obama-era nuclear deal was met with sharp pushback from the President, who felt such a move would undermine his campaign promise to scrap the agreement.

McMaster's letter, which his supporters said was routine, was apparently leaked to imply that the Army lieutenant general was helping Trump's enemies. This, despite accusations of her "unmasking" Trump transition team members who's names were blacked out in national security reports.

A senior White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the president's views, added that Mr. Trump has "total confidence" in his national security adviser...

"H.R.is indispensable in helping the president hear all those viewpoints and have the information he needs", said the senator, who is close to McMaster. The White House did not respond to request for comment, but s enior West Wing officials told Circa that Trump did not know about the letter. The crisis is linked to McMaster's decision to remove four Bannon allies from the National Security Council.

Rice has come under fire for her alleged role in "unmasking" Trump associates during the 2016 presidential election.

Some say McMaster's "purge" is part of a larger conflict in the White House between those committed to "draining the swamp,"' and "bureaucratic interests" trying to maintain establishment control over policy.

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