Trump May Fire National Security Advisor HR McMaster

President Donald Trump delivers remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday Feb. 23 2018 in Oxon Hill Md

President Donald Trump delivers remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday Feb. 23 2018 in Oxon Hill Md

Trump is said to be especially pissed that McMaster said there is "incontrovertible" evidence that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 USA presidential election at a security conference in Munich attended by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

"He still has confidence in General McMaster", said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House press secretary.

While administration officials have privately said the preference is to move McMaster into a position within the Army or Defense Department that qualifies as a promotion, some within the Pentagon feel he has become politicized in the White House and have expressed reservations about him returning to the military in a prominent role.

The Pentagon is quietly looking for a four-star general's job to give to three-star Lt. Gen. McMaster.

President Trump wants his costly military parade to coincide with Veterans Day.

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Of course, none of that might matter in the end to Mr. Trump, whose crackdown against this minority group - there are only about 2,450 transgender troops among 1.3 million active-duty members of the military - has so far reflected obvious pandering to regressive generals and right-wing zealots, as well as knee-jerk opposition to numerous enlightened policies that his predecessor put in place. Because it was long and detailed and hard to understand. So this is hardly a shock.

Officials are not revealing Mattis' recommendations to the president.

On Saturday, Trump criticized McMaster on Twitter after the national security adviser said there was "incontrovertible" evidence that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

CNN previously reported that McMaster has been at odds with the President and other cabinet officials over the past year.

Kelly and McMaster have chafed at Trump's treatment of them in public and in private, which both at times have considered insulting, said all four officials, speaking on condition of anonymity.

Since then, many have rallied to the defense of the transgender troops, including two senior Republican senators, John McCain of Arizona, who is a former P.O.W., and Orrin Hatch of Utah, plus a group of 56 retired generals and admirals.

Officials could not yet confirm what job McMaster might be nominated for if he were to leave the White House.

Even after Bannon was ejected from the White House, McMaster has struggled to find his footing.

Still, McMaster could have a tough time back in uniform full time.

"Any decision with regards to staff, the White House will make those determinations", said Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White.

A second defense official said McMaster is well aware of those political sensitivities.

McMaster would also have the option to retire from active duty if he chooses.

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