National security adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster opposes President Donald Trump on every foreign policy position, The Daily Caller reports. He's instituted a new reign of order in the West Wing, administration officials said, with a greater sense of process and rank now governing the often-at-odds coalitions have formed over the first six months of Trump's presidency.
McMaster continued: "So what we have to do is. everything we can to pressure this regime, to pressure Kim Jong Un and those around him such that they conclude it is in their interest to denuclearise".
Trump himself has expressed frustration with McMaster after being presented options on key security issues that appear only marginally different than what Obama pursued while he was in office. Thus, McMaster has yet to earn Trump's trust in running the NSC as he sees fit. It is incredible to watch it happening right in front of your face.
"General McMaster and I are working very well together", Trump explained.
It was revealed on Wednesday in news reports that Rich Higgins, who served as director for strategic planning at the NSC, was sacked July 21. He warned that globalists and Islamists are seeking to destroy America and said it "constituted a national security priority".
Despite Trump's public support for McMaster, it is far from clear that the national security adviser is on solid ground.
According to two senior White House officials, McMaster has been irritated by the impression that he's lost standing with the President.
With all of the staff turnover, McMaster has become the target of pro-Trump pundits in the media who view him as a "globalist" out of step with Trump's policies and angling for a military escalation in Afghanistan after 16 years of fighting.
Islam expert Robert Spencer says McMaster "needs to be fired immediately".
Adam Lovinger, another Flynn pick who formerly served as senior director for strategic assessments, was forced out of NSC after he had his security clearance denied on May 1.
Mr Cohen-Watnick's departure came as part of a string of shake-ups at the White House and national security council.
McMaster is also under fire for his stance on Israel. That remark is apparently in rebuttal to a widely circulated Facebook post by Jerusalem Post columnist Caroline Glick, who called McMaster "deeply hostile to Israel". She adds that McMaster, "constantly refers to Israel as the occupying power and insists falsely and constantly that a country named Palestine existed where Israel is located until 1948 when it was destroyed by the Jews".
Trump addressed the attacks against McMaster in a statement on Friday.
"At the time, I and other reporters were led to believe that this was the decision of rogue anti-Israel officers at the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem". Bannon, who the former senior NSC official described as an "intellectual guardian of camp Trump", was also pushed out of the NSC principals committee in April.