(National Sentinel) West Wing: President Donald J. Trump is standing by his national security advisor, H. R. McMaster, following reports earlier this week that the former Army general may be working to undermine administration foreign policy objectives.
In addition, McMaster drew some heat for reauthorizing Obama’s former national security advisor, Susan Rice, who is the subject of congressional investigations for her admitted role in unmasking Team Trump campaign officials, potentially for political purposes.
As reported by Breitbart News, the president sent an email to The New York Times underlining his support.
“General McMaster and I are working very well together,” Trump said in a statement emailed to the paper. “He is a good man and very pro-Israel. I am grateful for the work he continues to do serving our country.”
Son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, himself the subject of congressional probes and under scrutiny by special counsel Robert Mueller, also voiced support.
“General McMaster is a true public servant and a tremendous asset for the president and the administration,” he said. “He has created and oversees a very thorough and clear process for the agencies to work together to give the president credible options to advance the president’s priorities for America’s foreign policy.”
As for McMaster reauthorizing Rice’s top secret security clearance, the Weekly Standard reported that was just routine:
…McMaster wrote similar letters to all the living national security advisers from past administrations—Democratic and Republican—as a matter of longstanding practice. Revoking Rice’s clearance would have been unusual. And that practice applies not just to national security advisers but to other departments and agencies, such as secretary of State. The reason, the official said, is for the purposes of continuity. Without a continued security clearance, it would be illegal for government officials to discuss relevant sensitive information with a former official. The process for reauthorizing a past official’s security clearance is lengthy.
But, the magazine noted further, just because Rice has been reauthorized as part of regular practice, the clearance “doesn’t give former officials like Rice continued asking privileges for sensitive information.”
Still, as we reported Friday, McMaster is under assault from former Trump administration officials who say he’s working against the president on several fronts.
“Everything the president wants to do, McMaster opposes,” a former senior official told The Daily Caller. “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.”
The president’s instincts have so far been pretty good, so it’s hard to discount them now. That said, time will tell who is right.