By Stanley Chu 2/22/2018
The Trump administration is considering replacing Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as National Security Adviser amid tension between him and President Trump.
The White House is exploring plans to transition McMaster into a job in the Army or Department of Defense to allow the three-star general to earn a fourth star. However, some officials have said that Trump may consider forcing McMaster to retire.
The relationship between the two men have become strained over months. According to sources close to Trump, the president has expressed his displeasure with McMaster’s personality saying he is “gruff and condescending”. For his part, McMaster is often the one to present the president was information he finds displeasing.
This has left Trump and McMaster at odds with each other. This was seen when President Trump tweeted criticism of McMaster over the general’s assertion that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, “General McMaster forgot to say that the results of the 2016 election were not impacted or changed by the Russians and that the only Collusion was between Russia and Crooked H, the DNC and the Dems.”
The White House has previously considered replacing McMaster earlier in the fall. However, the optics of hiring a third National Security Adviser in one year, along with their struggle to attract high-quality candidates caused them to relent.