The removals come as McMaster seeks to consolidate his control of security policy and remove loyalists to Flynn, Trump's first national security adviser who left after less than a month because of revelations that he had obscured Russian Federation ties.
The officials also noted that during US President Donald Trump's recent trip to Israel, McMaster's held a lengthy meeting with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, and highlighted his regular contacts with Defense Ministry officials.
In an interview with MSNBC's Hugh Hewitt that aired Saturday, McMaster said Trump has been "deeply briefed" on the strategy on North Korea.
And last week, Derek Harvey, a top Middle East adviser who served as special assistant to the president and senior director for the Middle East on the National Security Council, was also relieved of his duties. In early August, McMaster pushed out Ezra Cohen-Watnick, whom Flynn had hired for the NSC and McMaster had tried to fire earlier in the year (he was blocked by Bannon and others from doing so). Trump wants to deal with the Islam issue, McMaster doesn't. The Trump administration is now weighing a reduction of US military presence instead.
Senior Adviser and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner also backed the globalist general: "General McMaster is a true public servant and a tremendous asset for the president and the administration", he said. "Meanwhile, blogger Mike Cernovich has been tweeting links to a website called McMasterLeaks, which contains a single blog post with multiple examples of how McMaster is undermining Trump".
Cohen-Watnick's removal comes after the revelation by The Atlantic on Wednesday of the dismissal of Rich Higgins, another Iran hawk who was the NSC's director of strategic planning.
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But doing so requires approval from a Republican-controlled Legislature that still hasn't passed a 2017-19 state budget. Foxconn is the world's largest contract maker of electronics, with factories across mainland China.
Campaign loyalists and allies of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn have been purged with increasing rapidity in recent weeks, and the battle for the NSC is developing by the day. "They're taking out people who were chosen to best implement the president's policy that he articulated during the campaign".
Fox News is told by National Security Council sources, however, that the letter was a pro forma document similar to those sent to every living former national security adviser and former president - and that he was required to send it.
"He is a good man and very pro-Israel".
The attacks directed at McMaster came from conservative news sites and grew on social media.
The meeting grew stormy when Trump said Defense Secretary James Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford, a Marine general, should consider firing Army General John Nicholson, commander of USA forces in Afghanistan, for not winning the war. The White House has said no decision has been made.