National Security Advisor Gen. H.R. McMaster will depart the White House, following months of indications that President Donald Trump was seeking to replace him.
The Washington Post broke news of Trump’s decision Thursday night, citing five administration sources.
Strong evidence points to George W. Bush’s ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, a decidedly hawkish choice, as the leading candidate to replace McMaster. For example, Bolton canceled his appearance on Breitbart News Daily Thursday morning, just hours before news broke of the decision to dismiss McMaster.
A rift between the President and McMaster, who was appointed national security advisor in the wake Gen. Michael Flynn’s unceremonious dismissal in February, has grown almost since he took up the post. In July, reports claimed McMaster had greivously insulted Trump’s intelligence at a dinner. Since then, relations appear to only have grown more strained with left-wing groups and Democrats frequently defending McMaster and right-leaning foreign policy experts attacking him.
Some reports indicate the final straw may come when McMaster’s relationship with Trump’s other leading generals in the White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Secretary of Defense James Mattis soured irreparably.