US national security adviser: North Korea danger can´t be overstated

  • US national security adviser: North Korea danger can´t be overstated

US national security adviser: North Korea danger can´t be overstated

The "civil war" between National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and President Donald Trump's chief strategist, Steve Bannon, may be gearing up even more under new Chief of Staff John Kelly, even though the retired four-star Marine Corps general is trying to bring discipline to the West Wing. The president's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, also gave his vote of confidence to McMaster, calling him "a true public servant and a tremendous asset for the president and the administration".

"What is this? Does H.R. McMaster need to go?" Alex Jones, the founder of conspiracy website InfoWars, got in on the action Thursday, tweeting that McMaster was "targeting long-time Trump loyalists who have been at odds with the career government holdovers". Trump wants to deal with the China issue - McMaster doesn't. "So get ready, Get ready we're never gonna stop you know it!" It is incredible to watch it happening right in front of your face.

One senior administration official thinks the only reason McMaster is still there is that Trump is constantly being celebrated for having the general on board.

And last week, Derek Harvey, a top Middle East adviser who served as special assistant to the president and senior director for the Middle East on the National Security Council, was also relieved of his duties.

"All on our side who has met McMaster and keeps contact with him are constantly impressed by how pro-Israel he is".

Islam expert Robert Spencer says McMaster "needs to be fired immediately".

Firing back, Bannon's allies both inside and out of the Trump administration have started rumors that McMaster is leaving the White House and that he opposes President Donald Trump on most foreign policy issues.

In recent weeks there have been a series of high profile resignations and firings in the White House, with press secretary Sean Spicer purportedly resigning in protest at the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.

Rice met with the Senate Intelligence Committee late last month to discuss Russia's election interference, but the Republican chairman of the committee, Richard Burr, said he did not ask Rice about accusations that she improperly unmasked any Trump transition officials. Rice has been accused by the president, who has cited no evidence, of involvement in attempts to unmask Trump officials wiretapped by US intelligence agencies during last year's election.

Glick claims that during Trump's visit to Israel, McMaster "pressured Trump to agree not to let Netanyahu accompany him to the Western Wall".

Other NSC aides chose to leave of their own volition, such as Victoria Coates, who has changed jobs to work under Jason Greenblatt, Trump's envoy for the Israel-Palestine peace process, and Tera Dahl, who is seeking a job at the US Agency for International Development. But it wasn't. It was McMaster.