Published: Sat, March 17, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Trump Has Decided to Remove His National Security Adviser

Trump Has Decided to Remove His National Security Adviser

The president and McMaster have disagreed on a number of issues - including the Iran deal and the USA approach to North Korea - and the national security adviser has also clashed with Kelly and Defense Secretary James Mattis, according to the officials.

They also said the administration was considering replacing McMaster last fall, but hesitated because appointing a third national security adviser in less than a year would not reflect well on Trump.

Jarred by the treatment of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, whom the president fired by tweet on Tuesday morning, Mr. Kelly suggested to colleagues that he may be the next to be pushed out of the White House.

More shakeups could be on the horizon for President Donald Trump's administration. "And I think you want to see change".

However, local media says that the idea of firing the advisor follows months of personal tension between the two figures due to different personalities and styles. Two other White House officials said Trump might want to keep McMaster in the job until after a meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which is planned for May.

The decision on McMaster is part of a broader reshuffle that the president is also considering and that may include top White House officials, the newspaper added. Sanders insisted McMaster is key in handling matters of national security.

Mattis similarly has bucked or demurred on some of the president's policy orders, yet relative to McMaster he has been protected from Trump's direct ire by the distance between the West Wing and the Pentagon and their less-frequent meetings.

According to the newspaper, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke have reasons to be anxious about their jobs.

This week, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos drew a slew of negative press coverage when she stumbled through a pair of high-profile television interviews.

With a laugh, Trump said: "Who's next?".

She said senior staff members passed that message on to others working in the West Wing in an attempt to diminish concerns about the record level of churn in the White House.

Since the beginning of President Trump's time in office, to even before during his campaign, Trump has had his fair share of position openings.

"No business could handle this, much less the government".

Information for this article was contributed by Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey, Philip Rucker, Carol D. Leonnig and Greg Jaffe of The Washington Post; by Michael D. Shear and Maggie Haberman of The New York Times; by Brian Bennett of the Los Angeles Times; and by Margaret Talev of Bloomberg News.

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