The line of departures in the White House continues to grow as another top official plans to resign and move on.
Axios reported Deputy National Security Adviser Ricky Waddell will be leaving his post as the second in command of the NSA. The departure comes after the departure of former NSA Adviser H.R. McMaster, and John Bolton (and his mustache) was hired as his replacement.
Axios reported on the importance of the move.
‘Bolton is making wholesale changes at the NSC, bringing in his own people and clearing out McMaster’s. Senior NSC officials Nadia Schadlow, who authored the Trump administration’s National Security Strategy, and Michael Anton, who led the NSC’s strategic communications, have already resigned in anticipation of likely being pushed out under Bolton.’
If you think that’s the end of the firings, you’re sadly mistaken.
Bolton, who is known for being a war-mongering hawk, will need his own team who will agree with his hawkish policies.
For his efforts, sources have told Axios he will receive a third star. He is a Major General in the Army Reserve.
It’s important to note that our country continues to appear unstable as Waddell is the fourth senior official in the NSA since Bolton’s hiring. Yet, Trump thinks things in the White House are “calm.”
Trump’s deputy National Security Adviser Ricky Waddell will leave the White House, two sources briefed on the decision tell Axios.
Waddell is now the 4th senior National Security Council official to announce exit plans since John Bolton took the helm. https://t.co/LRO1ZwsLei
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 12, 2018
So far, members of the Trump administration who have departed include Price, Skulkin, Tillerson, Bannon, Cohn, Cordish, Dearborn, Dubke, Flynn, Hicks, Manigault, McFarland, McMaster, Porter, Powell, Priebus, Scaramucci, Sifakis, Spicer, and Walsh.
Here’s a handy infographic.
— Ruby?⚀ (@RubyWorms) April 12, 2018