Proving yet again that repeated White House denials of press reports about turmoil inside the administration are nonsense, there is now yet another name to add to the list of departed staffers from the Trump White House.
Joining the ranks of people like Rex Tillerson, Hope Hicks, and Gary Cohn, the president revealed on Twitter late Thursday that he had fired his national security adviser, General H.R. McMaster, with an “official contact handover” between McMaster and his successor coming on April 9.
The president and McMaster have clashed in the past. Among the examples of this is the time that Trump rushed to Twitter to offer what was essentially a public rebuke of his national security adviser after McMaster condemned Russian meddling in our elections.
You’d think that the president would be interested in combating Russian meddling, but such isn’t exactly the case.
The president is replacing McMaster with the war crazed former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton. Bolton has advocated for preemptive strikes against not just the North Koreans but the Iranians as well. Coupling that with the president’s already documented bent towards pulling out of the Iran Deal altogether is sure to create an incendiary and possibly explosive situation on the global political scene.
The president has even already expressed a willingness to carry out a preemptive strike on the North Koreans, although he seemingly walked that back when he accepted an invitation to meet with the North Korean leader recently.
Bolton will be the president’s third national security adviser. His first, Michael Flynn, has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.