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Donald Trump, frustrated by Afghan war, suggests firing United States commander

06 August 2017

As for rumors that Trump is considering shifting CIA Director Mike Pompeo to national security adviser and sending McMaster to command US forces in Afghanistan, Waltz said McMaster would do a great job, but he wants to see him stay in his current position.

"Very few people know who's going to get axed next, but if you're viewed as a Flynnstone it's a liability", said a person close to the White House, referring to staffers hired by McMaster's predecessor, retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

U.S. President Donald Trump's doubts about the war in Afghanistan has led to a delay in completing a new U.S. strategy in South Asia, skepticism that included a suggestion that the U.S. military commander in the region be fired, U.S. officials said on Wednesday. Trump wants to get us out of Afghanistan - McMaster wants to go in.

McMaster continued: "So what we have to do is. everything we can to pressure this regime, to pressure Kim Jong Un and those around him such that they conclude it is in their interest to denuclearise".

Last week, McMaster also removed Middle East director Derek Harvey from his position at the NSC due to a "difference in vision", according to a White House source.

McMaster, it should be noted, was the Trump administration's most senior representative and speaker earlier this year at the Israeli embassy's annual Independence Day event. He then reportedly came to the astonishing conclusion that former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice did nothing wrong by unmasking Trump campaign officials during the transition - a belief firmly at odds with past statements by Trump. The Trump administration is now weighing a reduction of USA military presence instead.

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The Times quoted a senior White House official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, as saying Trump has "total confidence" in McMaster.

McMaster moved to replace the Jewish official when the concerns were raised in March, but Cohen-Watnick appealed to Trump's top advisers, Steve Bannon and Jared Kushner, who got Trump to intervene to save his job.

Speaking to The New York Times, he called General McMaster "a true public servant and a tremendous asset".

The firing of the NSC's director for strategy planning, Richard Higgins, on July 21, meanwhile, was linked to a conspiratorial memo he'd sent about radical Islam rather than his ties to Bannon or NSC aide Sebastian Gorka, an NSC aide said.

The meeting grew stormy when Trump said Defense Secretary James Mattis and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford, a Marine general, should consider firing Army General John Nicholson, commander of USA forces in Afghanistan, for not winning the war.

The White House had no comment on the accounts of the meeting.

Donald Trump, frustrated by Afghan war, suggests firing United States commander