Trump Says National Security Advisor General McMaster is “A Pain”

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National security advisor H.R. McMaster

  • President Trump’s National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster was put forward this week to answer questions about the classified Russia leak report 
  • McMaster, however, hasn’t had the full approval of the president, and according to the New York Times, was labeled ‘a pain’ 
  • The Army general’s appointment to the position, following Michael Flynn, was greeted as a good thing by D.C. insiders, but he’s annoyed President Trump  

President Trump’s National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster has been made the face of one of the trio of scandals the White House is currently reeling from.

When the Washington Post broke the news Monday night that Trump had slipped highly classified information about ISIS to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Ambassador Sergey Kislyak – whose conversations with ex-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn had gotten him sacked – it was McMaster who the White House sent out to address the controversy.

But the pick of McMaster is interesting because, as the New York Times and Bloomberg reports, Trump hasn’t gotten along with the Army general, even going as far as labeling him ‘a pain.’   

President Trump (pictured) hasn't warmed to his second National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, even going as far as to label the general 'a pain,' the New York Times wrote

President Trump hasn't warmed to his second National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster (pictured), even going as far as to label the general 'a pain,' the New York Times wrote

President Trump  hasn’t warmed to his second National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster (above), even going as far as to label the general ‘a pain,’ the New York Times wrote

 National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster (pictured) was chosen to brief reporters Tuesday on the Washington Post story that said President Trump had revealed highly classified information about ISIS to Russia 

 National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster (pictured) was chosen to brief reporters Tuesday on the Washington Post story that said President Trump had revealed highly classified information about ISIS to Russia

National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster was also the first White House official out Monday to talk about the Washington Post story, which he furiously denied 

National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster was also the first White House official out Monday to talk about the Washington Post story, which he furiously denied

After Trump dismissed Flynn in February, Washington applauded the president’s pick of McMaster.

As Bloomberg View’s Eli Lake put it, McMaster was a ‘well-respected defense intellectual, praised by both parties, lending a steady hand to a chaotic White House.’

‘The grown-ups are back,’ Lake wrote, chronicling the collective sigh of relief coming from D.C. insiders looking at the White House.

But to Trump, McMaster was the guy who replaced his friend Flynn, who had been alongside the president on the campaign trail, speaking at the Republican National Convention and singing the businessman praises as a campaign surrogate.

As Lake noted, McMaster came into the position with ‘one strike against him.’

Other strikes began to add up, Lake reported, as McMaster tried to get Trump to drop the term ‘radical Islamic terrorism,’ a term Republicans love, which was part of the president’s first big speech before Congress.

Trump did not take the phrase out.

More recently, the president was annoyed that McMaster had called his South Korean counterpart to assure him that Trump’s threat to make the Asian country pay for its own missile defense system was not actually U.S. policy, Lake reported.

Trump then called McMaster screaming, Lake said, saying the general was undercutting efforts to get South Korea to pay its fair share.

More generally, the New York Times noted, McMaster had tried to gently correct Trump when the president strayed too far from talking points on issues where national security was involved.

This move has ‘chafed’ the president, who continues to lament the dismissal of Flynn.

This week, however, Trump may have extracted some revenge by dangling McMaster in front of packs of hungry reporters, having him knock down a news report that the president later, basically, confirmed.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4515154/Trump-calls-McMaster-pain.html#ixzz4hQJHvSc2
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