White House pushes back against report of McMaster departure

Sunday, 04 Mar, 2018

The White House said Thursday night there were no personnel announcements to make and said the administration often faces "rumor and innuendo" about senior leadership.

Auto industry executive Stephen Biegun is reportedly the top candidate to assume McMaster's role.

The White House denied on Thursday night that it might replace national security advisor McMaster as early as the end of this month, in what would be the latest move in a long string of staff shake-ups and strained relations between McMaster and the president.

Trump lashed out at McMaster after the General said there was "incontrovertible" evidence that Russian Federation had interfered in the US election.

During an interview Friday on Fox News, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said, "General McMaster is not going anywhere." she said.

McMaster joined the White House a year ago to replace Michael Flynn, who resigned after just 24 days in office amid revelations that he had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his dealings with Russian officials. One source close to McMaster also suggested to ABC News he may opt to retire from the military instead after the leaving the White House and pursue an opportunity in the private sector.

"He told McMaster he is doing a great job", Anton said. Bolton has maintained what some have described as a positive personal relationship with President Donald Trump since the election but his hawkish views on issues like North Korea have made him a controversial pick to join the administration.

Mr McMaster's comment sparked a Twitter response from the President. Now Donald Trump is facing a shrinking circle of trusted advisers and a staff that's grim about any prospect of a reset.

Later in February, it was reported that McMaster might soon be out of his position as National Security Advisor and headed back to the military, according to defense and administration officials, CNN reported at the time.

Flynn was forced out following news that he had lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russia's then-ambassador, Sergey Kislyak.