HR McMaster may leave White House if Pentagon offers promotion amid tensions


HR McMaster may leave White House if Pentagon offers promotion amid tensions

As CNN reports, tensions have escalated between Trump and General H.R. McMaster, the president's primary liaison to the National Security Council, after months of friction between the two.

The Pentagon is considering whether there are any four-star general positions available as a way for Mr. McMaster to leave the White House without creating issues.

"President Trump is incredibly supportive of America's great service members who risk their lives every day to keep our country safe", she added.

Rumors of bad blood between Trump and McMaster have plagued the national security adviser's tenure from the beginning, when he took over from Mike Flynn-the president's first pick for the job, whom he reportedly regrets having fired.

"As you can see with the Federal Bureau of Investigation indictment, the evidence is now really incontrovertible and available in the public domain", McMaster said.

On Thursday, the Pentagon referred all questions about McMaster's future to the White House. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Tuesday that Trump "still has confidence in General McMaster". "I spoke to him specifically about that answer".

A senior Republican source said Bannon had "poisoned the well" for McMaster with Trump.

Longstanding friction between U.S. President Donald Trump and two top aides, the National Security Adviser and the Chief of Staff, has grown to a point that either or both might quit soon, four senior administration officials said.

Kelly and McMaster have chafed at Trump's treatment of them in public and in private, which both at times have considered insulting, said all four officials, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"He's got to make it clear if he goes back in uniform that he's going back in uniform - that he's going to be apolitical, that he's going to be nonpartisan", said retired Rear Admiral John Kirby.

McMaster was quoted as saying at a security conference in Munich, Germany on February 17 that there is "incontrovertible" evidence that Russian Federation meddled in the U.S. election.

The idea has gotten mixed reviews from politicians, military officials, pundits and local District of Columbia officials since The Washington Post reported several weeks ago that Trump wanted the Pentagon to start planning for the parade.

A Rand Corp. study commissioned by the Pentagon ahead of its 2016 policy change found that there were 1,320 to 6,630 transgender service members among 1.3 million people on active duty - less than 1 percent of the force.



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