The revolving door leading to the Oval Office isn’t nearly done spinning. Donald Trump’s national security advisor, Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, has resigned. In his place will step John Bolton, a former ambassador to the United Nations. Rumors of McMaster’s departure from Trump’s National Security team have been humming for weeks, which, according to sources inside the White House, led to an uncertainty with foreign officials.
The New York Times paints a picture of a Trump White House that is attempting to bolster its National Security forces ahead of Trump’s meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. Last week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was fired and replaced with CIA Director Mike Pompeo.
The White House said that McMaster’s departure was mutually agreed upon, and has nothing to do with the leak that Trump congratulated Vladimir Putin for winning/stealing another Russian election. McMaster’s exit was supposedly in the works for weeks, but in the months leading to it, both he and Trump butted heads behind the scenes and in public. McMaster said the Russian interference in the 2016 election was “beyond dispute,” while Trump took to Twitter for his response:
Trump’s pick of Bolton to step in as National Security Advisor has cultivated an uptick in reminders that Bolton could possibly accelerate military action against North Korea.
(Via The New York Times)