Yesterday, NBC News reported that in what has been considered as a well-planned move coordinated by at least two top White House officials, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster is going to be replaced next month.
Regarding this controversial report, National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton said that he was with McMaster and President Trump in the Oval Office and pointed out that the President labeled the story as “fake news,” expressing gratitude for McMaster’s job at the White House.
In addition, White House spokesman Raj Shaf told reporters that the administration frequently faces rumor and innuendo about senior administration officials. Also, he pointed out there’s no personnel announcement at the time.
Another White House figure who came out to smack down the NBC News report was press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
In a Friday morning interview with “Fox and Friends,” Sanders said that McMaster “is not going anywhere,” adding that President Trump truly believes he is doing a great job in the administration so far.
After that, Sanders said that the mainstream media is trying to present this information as another example of a chaos that the White House is experiencing.
She pointed out that if this is chaos, the American people are glad for it, considering the efficiency that this administration has presented in different points, such as the tax cuts and the war against ISIS.
According to the NBC News report, citing five different sources who were allegedly familiar with the matter, those who were leading this shakeup were Defense Secretary James Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.
According to this media outlet, this man is no stranger to the White House. As a matter of fact, he currently serves as Vice President of International Government Affairs for the Ford Motor Company, which according to political analysts makes him a very interesting figure that could efficiently replace McMaster.
Also, the report pointed out that Biegun served on the National Security Council staff from 2001 to 2003, including as a senior staffer for Condoleeza Rice, who was the National Security Adviser at that time.
According to a close associate of Rice, she introduced him to Mattis, recommending him for a position in the administration.
McMaster, who was the replacement of Michael Flynn, was widely criticized back in those days over his views of Islam. After all, in a time when political correctness was downplaying the links between this religion and the terrorist attacks committed by Jihadis, McMaster told his staff that every single Muslim who commits terrorist acts is perverting this religion.
Naturally, McMaster was rejecting a key ideological view of many other senior advisers of President Trump, signaling a more moderate approach to the Islamic world, just as the one the Obama administration had.
Political analysts pointed out this particular stance clashed with Flynn’s, considering that this one had a much more aggressive position against radical Islam.
McMaster, who has no ties to the Trump campaign, has had a complicated relationship with the President. As a matter of fact, he recently publicly disagreed with him, which led to a serious controversy in which President Trump tweeted a strong message that surprised everyone.
It started at a security forum in Germany last month where McMaster told the public that the Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election was “incontrovertible.”
Naturally, that led the president to respond in a tweet that McMaster forgot to point out that the results of the election were not impacted or changed by the Russians.
In addition, President Trump claimed that he also forgot to mention that the real collusion was between Russia, the DNC, the Democratic Party and “Crooked H.”
Another delicate situation regarding McMaster is the fact that he was always in favor of the infamous Iran nuclear deal.
In fact, different reports pointed out that he was trying to save the deal that President Trump wanted to get rid of after several experts brutally criticized it because of the way it empowered the Iranian regime.