Just two days after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was fired over Twitter by the commander-in-chaos, Donald Trump, yet another high profile firing of a top U.S. official is being announced by The Washington Post.
Trump plans to remove McMaster as national security adviser, officials say, in yet another jolt to administration's top echelon https://t.co/V97nCwECRG
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) March 16, 2018
According to The Post: Trump plans to fire National Security Advisor H. R. McMaster just over a year after appointing him.
‘Trump is now comfortable with ousting McMaster, with whom he never personally gelled, but is willing to take time executing the move because he wants to ensure both that the three-star Army general is not humiliated and that there is a strong successor lined up, these people said.
‘The turbulence is part of a broader potential shake-up under consideration by Trump that is likely to include senior officials at the White House, where staffers are gripped by fear and uncertainty as they await the next move from an impulsive president who enjoys stoking conflict.’
— POLITICO (@politico) March 15, 2018
A couple of similarities between the firing of McMaster and Tillerson are sure to be noted. Both served in positions that would make them deeply involved in any upcoming negotiations between the United States and North Korea, where Trump plans to visit and meet with Kim Jong-un. Both also made remarks that broke with Trump’s stance on Russia’s suspected chemical warfare against expatriates from Russia in Great Britain within 24 hours of their dismissal.
Other notable firings just this week include Tillerson’s deputy in the State Department, Steve Goldstein, and Trump’s friend and personal aide, John McEntee. McEntee was finally ousted after “serious financial crimes” kept him from gaining security clearance, all Goldstein did was call out the White House on their lies about Tillerson’s firing.
The sudden departures have not contributed to staff morale.
‘Everybody fears the perp walk. If it could happen to Johnny, the president’s body guy, it could happen to anybody.’
If H.R. McMaster is on his way out of the White House, he’s going out with two middle fingers toward the Kremlin: "We believe that Russia was responsible for this attack" From @attackerman https://t.co/4ZeUHAcYuU
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) March 15, 2018
Add McMaster to the long and unprecedented list of firings and resignations from the Trump administration. For a comprehensive list, from press secretary Sean Spicer to Secretary of State Tillerson, see USA Today.
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