(National Sentinel) West Wing: President Donald J. Trump may soon have to make yet another personnel change to his inner circle, and his second change at national security adviser.
As reported by The Daily Caller, H. R. McMaster may actively be sabotaging the president’s foreign policy agenda.
“Everything the president wants to do, McMaster opposes,” a former senior official said in a wide-ranging interview. “Trump wants to get us out of Afghanistan — McMaster wants to go in. Trump wants to get us out of Syria — McMaster wants to go in. Trump wants to deal with the China issue — McMaster doesn’t. Trump wants to deal with the Islam issue — McMaster doesn’t. You know, across the board, we want to get rid of the Iran deal — McMaster doesn’t. It is incredible to watch it happening right in front of your face. Absolutely stunning.”
Another former national security official called McMaster a “sycophant” of retired Army Gen. David Petraeus.
“I know that the president isn’t a big fan of what McMaster’s doing,” the former official told The Daily Caller. “I don’t understand why he’s allowing a guy who is subverting his foreign policy at every turn to remain in place,” the official continued, adding he expects the purge of “campaign Trump” insiders to continue over the next few weeks.
“I just fear there is a real creeping of status quo thinking that is taking over the place. I was upset while I was there in seeing how empowered Obama holdovers under McMaster were to essentially perpetuate Obama-era policies,” another former official said.
“The Trumpian view that we were trying to put forward was shut down,” said one of the officials.
The report comes on the heels of an earlier story from Breitbart News, which noted that McMaster had sent a secret letter to his predecessor, Susan Rice, keeping her top secret security clearance intact — despite the fact that the president has publicly criticized her for unmasking several people connected to his campaign last year, likely for political purposes.
“One official questioned Rice’s access despite an ongoing investigation into her activities in reportedly unmasking Trump officials’ conversations with Russia during the presidential transition,” Breitbart News reported.
“I think the Susan Rice thing is a massive story,” Trump said in an interview with the New York Times, suggesting that it was possible she may have committed a crime.
On April 12, Trump used the story to defend his accusations that the Obama administration was spying and leaking on his transition team in an interview with Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo.
“When you look at Susan Rice and what’s going on and so many people are coming up to me and apologizing now,” Trump said. “They say, ‘You know, you were right when you said that.’”
When the host told Trump that Rice denied doing anything political, he dismissed it.
“Does anyone really believe that?” he said. “Nobody believes that, even the people that try to protect her in the news media.”
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