McMaster Stresses North Korea Threat, Says Military Strike On The Table

Jerome Frank
August 6, 2017

The Times also reported that advisers have floated the idea of Mr. Trump reassigning McMaster to take over as commander of USA forces in Afghanistan and installing current Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo as national security adviser. Trump wants to get us out of Afghanistan - McMaster wants to go in. Bannon pushed for the U.S.to pull out of the region, while McMaster argued for even greater involvement. Cohen-Watnick was involved in providing documents related to the incidental surveillance of members of Trump's transition team to House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes in March.

Within days of the recertification, it was reported that Trump had authorized the establishment of a rival group within the White House, led by Bannon, that would seek a path out of the deal.

A day after news of Cohen-Watnick's dismal broke, the Daily Caller ran an "exclusive" that cited unnamed former senior NSC officials who claimed, "Everything the president wants to do, McMaster opposes".

Although Trump earlier this year gave Mattis the authority to deploy USA military forces as he sees fit, in fact the defense secretary's plans to add around 4,000 more US troops to the 8,400 now deployed in Afghanistan are being caught up in the delay surrounding the strategy, the officials said.

Senior Adviser and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner also backed the globalist general: "General McMaster is a true public servant and a tremendous asset for the president and the administration", he said.

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For the time being though, McMaster's position seems safe, with a senior White House official telling the New York Times Friday that the president has "total confidence" in his national security adviser. "General McMaster is confident that Ezra will make many further significant contributions to national security in another position in the administration". Does H.R. McMaster need to go?

His dismissal follows other recent changes at the NSC.

The firing of the NSC's director for strategy planning, Richard Higgins, on July 21, meanwhile, was linked to a conspiratorial memo he'd sent about radical Islam rather than his ties to Bannon or NSC aide Sebastian Gorka, an NSC aide said. "They're taking out people who were chosen to best implement the president's policy that he articulated during the campaign".

Trump also says McMaster "is a good man and very pro-Israel".

The meeting grew stormy when Trump said Defense Secretary James Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford, a Marine general, should consider firing Army General John Nicholson, commander of US forces in Afghanistan, for not winning the war. 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.

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