Changes to the National Security Council

Changes to the National Security Council

There's now open speculation as to whether Steve Bannon could be the next Trump staffer to be ousted.

White House officials spoke in hushed tones and anxious whispers this week following a series of stunning firings by National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster that left the staff wondering: Who's next? His allies bashed both Bannon and his "protege" Sebastian Gorka for trying to diminish McMaster's control over the NSC. 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. Does H.R. McMaster need to go? Breitbart attacks quoting "administration officials" alleged McMaster opposed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appearing alongside Trump at the president's recent visit to the Western Wall.

Circa revealed in March that during President Obama's tenure, top aides - including Rice, former CIA Director John Brennan and former Attorney General Loretta Lynch - routinely reviewed intelligence reports received from the National Security Agency's incidental intercepts of Americans overseas.

"I have great respect for my people". McMaster has sought to convince Trump on a plan that would modestly increase troops levels, but Trump has remained resistant.

Some of the most prominent survivors from the Flynn era include: Kevin Harrington, the deputy assistant to the president with close ties to Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel; Josh Steinman, special assistant to the president for cyber; Brad Hansell, a mainstream Republican who serves as senior director for transnational threats, and Gorka, a Hungarian-American with an interest in counterterrorism who often defends the president on television.

McMaster already had been in the spotlight for the series of firings he's ordered on the National Security Council.




The biggest problem McMaster faces is going up against Bannon, who sees Trump as a revolutionary official who will change the world after a cataclysmic event that ushers in the "fourth turning." The White House has said no decision has been made.

It was the latest step to remove officials who came to the White House under Flynn. Trump proudly signed the order as part of his first several months of what he bragged was "passing legislation". "The president is very proud of him". "A different discipline", said Mick Mulvaney, the director of Trump's Office of Management and Budget.

At the time, a White House official told TheDCNF that Harvey's deputies Joel Rayburn and Michael Bell were remaining with the NSC, and earlier this week, Michael Bell permanently took over Harvey's position.

Kelly has also sought to tamp down on the type of death-by-leak that now is plaguing his former military colleague.

In an interview with MSNBC's Hugh Hewitt that aired Saturday, McMaster said Trump has been "deeply briefed" on the strategy on North Korea.

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