President Trump defended Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster after articles ran in Circa News, Conservative Review and other publications and on ‘Hannity’ about his National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. He used the same wording he used about Reince Priebus right before he fired him, namely, “He is a good man…,” said President Trump.
McMaster and Bannon are not getting along and McMaster believes he is leaking to Breitbart. Bannon’s former position was as the publication’s editor. Breitbart has called for McMaster to be fired.
McMaster is firing Flynn’s appointees and looking for more centrist career personnel from State and the Pentagon. He has defended keeping the Ben Rhodes appointees as loyal and non-partisan. In July he said at a townhall. “There’s no such thing as a holdover,” referring to the career professionals who stayed on the council after the presidential transition in January. McMaster went on to say that career staffers are loyal to the president.
Also being questioned is McMaster’s allegiance to Israel. Caroline Glick has written articles and appeared on Sean Hannity’s radio show to say she believes McMaster is anti-Israel.
For two days, McMaster has been under intense attacks from the right.
In stepped Chief of Staff Kelly who went to see McMaster to assure him his job is secure and he should make any staffing changes he wants. Kelly is bringing military order to the White House. Earlier this week, he told Attorney General Jeff Sessions his job was secure.
This move by Kelly was followed by a statement from the President released to the NY Times in which Trump says “General McMaster and I are working very well together. He is a good man and very pro-Israel. I am grateful for the work he continues to do serving our country.”
A senior – anonymous – White House official told the NY Times that Mr. Trump has “total confidence” in him.
The anti-McMaster movement is blamed on Russia
Of course, it’s Russia.
Business Insider went there – it’s Russia’s fault for the hashtag campaign “fireMcMaster . They headlined one article Friday, H.R. McMaster comes under assault from far-right, Russia trolls.
Everyone on the right is “far-right” and they are tied to Russia in the left-wing media’s world.
They wrote” Twitter accounts that have been linked to Russian influence operations have jumped on the anti-McMaster bandwagon, too, using hashtags like #FireMcMaster and #deepstate, according to a newly launched website that aims to track Russian propaganda efforts in real time.
The website was only launched on Wednesday and it’s hard to see how they’ve been able to have much influence.
Business Insider says it was started by a former FBI special agent-turned disinformation expert claims to track Russian propaganda in near-real time, as it spreads via Twitter accounts that have been linked to Russian influence operations.
It’s really not encouraging to know we have people like this in the FBI.
The website is poorly constructed and sports a photo of Putin opening his hands presumably to release red birds. What idiot is going to bother with this website and how does that prove a Russia connection to America First supporters?
Why is the left tying the right to Russia when it’s clearly the left that has had a long-term love affair with hardcore leftists running Russia?
These reports didn’t come out of thin air
It isn’t just Sean Hannity or Circa News reporting that Trump was unhappy with McMaster, it’s the mainstream media as well.
Business Insider reported prior to this: Trump, who already thinks McMaster is a “pain” who talks too much and has complained to aides that he wants Flynn back at the White House, was reportedly considering sending McMaster to replace Gen. John Nicholson as the top commander of American and NATO troops in Afghanistan. [That is now being described as just a casual remark. As it turns out, McMaster will meet with Trump during his vacation to discuss Afghanistan.]
“What the nationalists are saying about McMaster: ‘He wants to send more troops to Afghanistan, so we’re going to send him,'” Axios’ Mike Allen, a former Politico denizen reported Thursday.
The left likes to call the right “nationalists” or far-right to demean them and trash the idea of ‘America First’. You can’t be patriotic or want to preserve sovereignty without being an extremist.
The White House itself has leaked that Trump is not pleased with McMaster. Administration officials speaking anonymously to conservative-leaning news outlets have accused McMaster of being “anti-Israel” and opposing “everything the president wants to do.” In fact, McMaster’s views are centrist and not in line with promises Trump campaigned on.
Conservative host Laura Ingraham tweeted, “Obama holdovers at NSC or State Dept who are leaking [should] do real time for these leaks,” and questioned why McMaster had “fired actual Trump supporters.”
“America needs Rich Higgins in office, not HR McMaster,” tweeted Frank Gaffney, the president of the Center for Security Policy, which the left calls far-right.
Sebastian Gorka was asked about H.R. McMaster by Pete Hegseth on Fox & Friends this morning. Gorka said it’s not about McMaster. McMaster gives the President a slate of options and the President decides, Gorka explained.
“Divisiveness has been replaced with decisiveness,” Gorka said.
Well, that means all will fall behind McMaster for now and we’ll see how it goes.