United States President Donald Trump's national security adviser (NSA), Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster will reportedly resign from his post and will head back to the military, according to defence and administration officials.
There was discussion in the West Wing about replacing him last fall, but he ultimately survived because officials, including the President himself, were skeptical about the optics of appointing a third national security adviser in less than a year, several sources told CNN.
The tweet used Trump's nickname for his former presidential rival Hillary Clinton and referenced the Democratic National Committee. "Any decision with regards to staff, the White House will make those determinations", chief spokesperson Dana White said. He spoke after Special Counsel Robert Mueller filed indictments against 13 Russians for conspiring to influence the election, partly to favor Trump over Hillary Clinton.
McMaster said there is "incontrovertible" evidence that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 USA presidential election. "Now that this is in the arena of a law enforcement investigation, it's going to be very apparent to everyone".
Last weekend President Trump chided McMaster on twitter for not saying the election results were not impacted by the russians.
"He still has confidence in General McMaster", said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, White House press secretary.
The White House would be in an "awkward spot" trying to oust McMaster because of the turnover in the position already. "He said that he liked the general's answer, but just thought that little addendum would be helpful to add".
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Several sources told CNN that the push for a replacement comes after months of personal tension between McMaster and Trump.
Still, McMaster could have a tough time back in uniform full time.
Some officials said McMaster and Trump simply have never warmed up to each other, and that McMaster's style of briefing is too detailed for the president.
A second defense official said McMaster is well aware of those political sensitivities.
Keen to avoid a public scene of another top official's ouster, the plan may include giving McMaster a fourth star and sticking him in another military post, which might well be in Afghanistan.
McMaster would also have the option to retire from active duty if he chooses.