Donald Trump defends national security adviser amid criticism from conservatives

White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci
White House’s here-today-and-gone-tomorrow communications Director Anthony Scaramucci
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06 August, 2017

"I am grateful for the work he continues to do serving our country".

Some of the most prominent survivors from the Flynn era include: Kevin Harrington, the deputy assistant to the president with close ties to Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel; Josh Steinman, special assistant to the president for cyber; Brad Hansell, a mainstream Republican who serves as senior director for transnational threats, and Gorka, a Hungarian-American with an interest in counterterrorism who often defends the president on television. You know, across the board, we want to get rid of the Iran deal. He warned that globalists and Islamists are seeking to destroy America and said it "constituted a national security priority".

Critics have accused General McMaster of trying to remove conservative voices from the President's national security team. Most recently, he ousted Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence at the National Security Council who had been viewed as a Trump loyalist.

A day after news of Cohen-Watnick's dismal broke, the Daily Caller ran an "exclusive" that cited unnamed former senior NSC officials who claimed, "Everything the president wants to do, McMaster opposes". McMaster, meanwhile, is apparently already on thin ice with the more nationalist wing of the White House. Richard Manning, president of Americans for Limited Government, said not only should McMaster be fired, but given a lie detector test in order to determine whether he is the source of White House leaks. It just means that she can be called back in (if necessary) to have conversations about classified information.

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It is unclear what "violation" the official was referring to. And n ational-security experts broadly agree that Rice's reported requests to identify who was speaking with the foreign officials before Trump was inaugurated were neither unusual nor against the law.

Additionally, retired Army Col. Derek Harvey was also removed from his post on the security council last week.

Although Trump earlier this year gave Mattis the authority to deploy USA military forces as he sees fit, in fact the defense secretary's plans to add around 4,000 more US troops to the 8,400 now deployed in Afghanistan are being caught up in the delay surrounding the strategy, the officials said.

"The unmasking thing was all created by Devin Nunes, and I'll wait to go through our full evaluation to see if there was anything improper that happened", Burr told CNN at the time. "Some of that became public which it's not supposed to, and our business is to understand that, and explain it".


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