Trump defends McMaster in wake of criticism on the right

White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci

The dismissals of Ezra Cohen-Watnick, Rich Higgins, and Derek Harvey have exacerbated friction between McMaster and the White House's more nationalist wing, which is led by Bannon and has President Donald Trump's ear. "I am grateful for the work he continues to do serving our country", Trump said in a statement to the New York Times.

The officials also noted that during US President Donald Trump's recent trip to Israel, McMaster's held a lengthy meeting with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, and highlighted his regular contacts with Defense Ministry officials.

Anxiety reach its height Wednesday night when, White House aides said, it became known that National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton was fielding round after round of phone calls from journalists asking about the authenticity of a "purge list" of senior staffers.

Senior Adviser and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner also backed the globalist general: "General McMaster is a true public servant and a tremendous asset for the president and the administration", he said.

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. "It doesn't work unless we are there for a long time, and if we don't have the appetite to be there a long time, we should just leave".

In this February 13, 2017 file photo, then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn in the East Room of the White House in Washington.

Akhilesh accuses BJP of 'political corruption' as SP MLCs quit
The Opposition leaders seemed to be in a total state of confusion following the sudden exodus of their legislators and leaders. As for Akhilesh Yadav's other uncle, Ram Gopal Yadav, there were murmrus that he too could be coysing upto the BJP.

Defense Secretary James Mattis had to intervene in an argument between two top-level White House officials, Politico reports.

In classified briefings, Trump would frequently flit between subjects.

There's now open speculation as to whether Steve Bannon could be the next Trump staffer to be ousted. Higgins was sacked for circulating a memo in which he alleged that there was a "Maoist" insurgency within and without the government of "globalists and Islamists".

The Times also reported that advisers have floated the idea of Mr. Trump reassigning McMaster to take over as commander of US forces in Afghanistan and installing current Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo as national security adviser.

Notably, however, all three differ sharply from the relatively moderate Iran policy espoused by McMaster.

"The goal was to give the president the idea that Afghanistan was not this hopeless place", an official said - but those efforts reportedly did not reverse Trump's pessimism. But McMaster has faced accusations he is anti-Israel due to his support of the Iran nuclear deal and reports that he refers to Israel as "the occupying power".

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