Trump Defends McMaster After Alt-Right Attacks From Bannon Allies

Trump Defends McMaster After Alt-Right Attacks From Bannon Allies

Trump has always been a skeptic of lingering US involvement in foreign wars and has expressed little interest in deploying military forces without a specific plan on what they will do and for how long. "After extensive research, Harvey compiled a list of suspected leakers and reportedly delivered it straight to the president, who then took his list to McMaster".

President Trump has chose to stand up and defend his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, amid increasing pressure to get him fired from some members of the commander in chief's electoral base.

Sources say the Trump staffers fired by McMaster had repeatedly crossed their boss on issues such as U.S involvement in Syria and Afghanistan, President Obama's Iran deal, the Paris Climate Accord and the threat of radical Islam.

A White House statement Wednesday said, "General McMaster appreciates the good work accomplished in the NSC's Intelligence directorate under Ezra Cohen's leadership".

"I know that the president isn't a big fan of what McMaster's doing", the former official declared.

The barrage of unflattering portrayals emerged as McMaster worked with new chief of staff John Kelly to purge the White House national security council of staffers from the nationalist wing of Trump's base. And n ational-security experts broadly agree that Rice's reported requests to identify who was speaking with the foreign officials before Trump was inaugurated were neither unusual nor against the law.

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McMaster is also under fire for his stance on Israel.

US President Donald Trump, right, listens as Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster talks at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Floride, February 20, 2017.

These articles, quoting "administration officials" and a Facebook post by Israeli journalist Caroline Glick, accuse him of such "sins" as opposing an Israeli request to include Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at Trump's visit to the Western Wall during his visit in Israel earlier this year.

"He has determined that, at this time, a different set of experiences is best-suited to carrying that work forward", a statement released by the White House said of Cohen-Watnick's release.

In a sign that conservatives may be onto something in their criticism of McMaster, the hard-left Media Matters came out in defense of the general, saying he was under attack by "fake news purveyors" and "Twitter trolls". But it wasn't. It was McMaster. "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 told TheDCNF. Rich Higgins was ousted two weeks ago.

"The identities of U.S. persons may be released under two circumstances: 1) the identity is needed to make sense of the intercept; 2) if a crime is involved in the conversation", said Robert Deitz, a former senior counselor to the CIA director and former general counsel at the National Security Agency.

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