Trump Considering Sending McMaster to Afghanistan

National Security Adviser HR Mc Master with Trump

"He has determined that, at this time, a different set of experiences is best-suited to carrying that work forward", The White House official said about McMaster's attempts to focus the NSC. White House officials have said the president has yet to decide on any new moves.

McMaster had previously tried to remove Cohen-Watnick from the National Security Council but was overruled by Trump, who heeded interventions on Cohen-Watnick's behalf by Bannon and Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who is the senior administration official responsible for Middle East policy.

Cohen-Watnick had been a favored aide to McMaster's predecessor, Michael Flynn, and like other recently sidelined council members was a major hawk on Iran, having advocated using the USA intelligence community to impose regime change.

His dismissal follows other recent changes at the NSC. On Monday, newly minted White House Chief of Staff John Kelly dismissed brand new White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci.

The source also said that Kelly and General James Mattis, the secretary of defense, have worked out a system where one of them stays in Washington while the other is overseas, in an effort to reduce the pattern of mixed foreign policy and military messages that have emanated from the White House since Trump took office. McMaster has cleared her of the charges leveled against her this spring by members of the Trump administration, along with Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) in what was a transparent effort to confuse the public about the nature of the probe into the Trump campaign's possible collusion with Russian Federation during last year's election.

As the NSC's senior director for intelligence programs, Cohen-Watnick was one of about a dozen people in the White House with access to a full range of classified information, including details of United States covert programs.




And another Bannon acolyte, Rich Higgins, was given the boot on July 21, as Rosie Gray at the Atlantic first reported on Wednesday.

"General McMaster greatly appreciates Derek Harvey's service to his country as a career Army officer, where he served his country bravely in the field and played a crucial role in the successful surge in Iraq, and also for his service on Capitol Hill and in the Trump administration", NSC spokesman Michael Anton said in a statement.

NBC News reported Wednesday that the president recently suggested that Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., the commander of US -led forces in Afghanistan, be fired.

Additionally, top Obama officials continue to come and go in and out of the White House compound as they please.

Roth encouraged those interested in supporting a grassroots effort to back the national security positions on which Trump campaigned to do so via his organization's website.

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