National Security Adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster will depart the White House, following months of indications that President Donald Trump was seeking to replace him.
The Washington Post broke news of Trump’s decision Thursday night, citing five administration sources.
Strong evidence points to George W. Bush’s ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton as a leading candidate to replace McMaster. Bolton canceled his appearance on Breitbart News Daily Thursday morning, just hours before news broke of the decision to dismiss McMaster.
Sources with knowledge of the job search told Breitbart News that others in consideration include retired U.S. Army general and Trump National Security Council member Joseph “Keith” Kellogg and current White House Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert.
Kellogg served as acting national security adviser before McMaster was selected following Gen. Michael Flynn’s unceremonious dismissal from the post in February 2017 over his lack of candor regarding his transition period communication with Russian diplomats.
Bossert, who also served in the George W. Bush administration, is a popular candidate among globalist elements of the administration, according to the same sources. Last April, Bossert accompanied presidential son-in-law and White House Adviser Jared Kushner on the now-infamous trip to Iraq, where Kushner was snapshotted in his sharpie-monogrammed bulletproof vest.
A rift between the President and McMaster, who was appointed national security adviser in the wake Flynn’s departure, has grown since he took up the post. In July, reports claimed McMaster had greivously insulted Trump’s intelligence at a dinner. Since then, relations appear to only have grown more strained, with left-wing groups and Democrats frequently defending McMaster and right-leaning foreign policy experts attacking him.
Some reports indicate the final straw may come when McMaster’s relationship with Trump’s other leading generals in the White House, Chief of Staff John Kelly and Secretary of Defense James Mattis, soured irreparably.
***Update*** 7:31 p.m. EST
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders issued a quick denial of the Washington Post’s reporting on Twitter, indicating National Security Advisor Gen. H.R. McMaster will remain in his position:
Just spoke to @POTUS and Gen. H.R. McMaster – contrary to reports they have a good working relationship and there are no changes at the NSC.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) March 16, 2018