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John Bolton Is Trump's New National Security Adviser

HR McMaster is resigning

(Newser) - President Trump is getting his third national security adviser in the first 14 months of his presidency, Reuters reports. Current national security adviser Lt. Gen. HR McMaster is resigning, to be replaced by John Bolton on April 9. "I am very thankful for the service of General H.R.... More »

Report: White House Aides Betting on Who'll Be Axed Next

The smart money might be on HR McMaster

(Newser) - The rate of firings in the White House will soon exceed anything seen on Celebrity Apprentice, reports the Washington Post , citing "five people with knowledge" of President Trump's plans. The sources say that as part of a shake-up, Trump has decided to get rid of National Security Adviser... More »

White House Losing Another High-Profile Member: Report

Sources say HR McMaster will be replaced as Trump's national security adviser

(Newser) - A day after Hope Hicks announced her resignation from the White House, "five people familiar with the discussions" say the Trump administration will be losing yet another high-profile member. In an exclusive report, NBC News states the White House will be replacing HR McMaster as national security adviser. The... More »

McMaster's White House Exit May Be Near: Report

Sources tell CNN he may rejoin the military

(Newser) - Could HR McMaster be the next figure to leave the White House? It's possible, according to CNN , reporting on "months of personal tension" between the national security adviser and President Trump. Six defense and administration officials tell the network the strained relationship is enough that the Pentagon is... More »

Report: US Considers Giving North Korea a 'Bloody Nose'

Here's what we could potentially target

(Newser) - At its face, it seems like good news: The first high-level talks between the Koreas in more than two years has brought a thaw in relations and a promise to send North Koreans to next month's Pyeongchang Olympics. But as the Wall Street Journal warns, don't mistake the... More »

McMaster: Potential for War With North Korea Grows Daily

He thinks China should get tougher

(Newser) - Over two days, two sets of strong words about North Korea. During a Saturday speech in California, White House national security adviser HR McMaster said the possibility of war with the Hermit Kingdom is "increasing every day, which means that we are in a race, really, we are in... More »

Work Orders Offer 'Rare Glimpse' Into WH Maintenance Issues

Like mice, roaches, ants, and a toilet seat for the Oval Office

(Newser) - Remember when President Trump reportedly called the White House a "real dump" ? The New York Post notes that, at least in terms of maintenance issues, that observation may not be entirely inaccurate. Hundreds of work orders for the White House were submitted in 2017, and News4 got its... More »

Sources Say McMaster Called Trump a 'Dope'

BuzzFeed spoke to multiple people, though others deny the accusations

(Newser) - A charged allegation from five sources: National Security Adviser HR McMaster, while at dinner with the CEO of tech company Oracle, insulted President Trump's intelligence, the sources say. They tell BuzzFeed McMaster was meeting with Safra Catz, who served on Trump's transition team and whose name has come... More »

North Korea Slams US 'Surprise Nuclear Drill'

McMaster says Trump won't hold back in Asia talks

(Newser) - The North Korea situation is heating up again—just in time for President Trump's visit to the region. On Thursday, two Guam-based American B-1B Lancer strategic bombers joined Japanese and South Korean jets for drills near the Korean Peninsula, Reuters reports. American authorities describe the exercises as a routine... More »

Breitbart Slams Trump 'Flip-Flop' on Afghanistan

Generals talked Trump into changing mind

(Newser) - In what some of his critics on the right saw as a decision as bad as looking at the eclipse without glasses , President Trump announced Monday night that he is going against his "original instinct" and reaffirming the US commitment in Afghanistan instead of pulling troops out. Trump had... More »

How Charlottesville Shook Up Plans for Bannon's Exit

He says it's the most divided administration in history

(Newser) - Steve Bannon had planned an orderly departure from the White House, but it was scuppered by the violence in Charlottesville, insiders say. Sources tell the New York Times that new White House chief of staff John Kelly told the White House strategist in July that he would have to leave... More »

As Trump Feels Heat, His Aide Calls Va. Violence 'Terrorism'

President takes flak for not specifically calling out white supremacists

(Newser) - A day after a young woman was killed while protesting against a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, President Trump's national security adviser, HR McMaster, said the acts of violence committed by racists during the rally meet "the definition of terrorism," the AP reports. On Sunday, McMaster said,... More »

Trump Should Fear Damage Bannon Can Do In White House

In Bannon-McMaster tiff, McMaster isn't the real problem, 'WSJ' editors warn

(Newser) - New White House chief of staff John Kelly certainly has his fair share of challenges ahead of him—and one of them might be mitigating a coordinated alt-right attack against President Trump's national security adviser. The Wall Street Journal editorial board weighs in on what appears to be a... More »

McMaster: The Real Problem Isn't What Trump Said

It's the leak, says the national security adviser

(Newser) - National Security Adviser HR McMaster stepped up his defense of President Trump Tuesday and sought to change the narrative of the classified-info flap : The problem isn't what Trump said, he argued, it's the leak. In a White House briefing, McMaster said that what Trump told visiting Russian diplomats... More »

McMaster: N. Korea Is a 'Grave Threat'

Pyongyang's latest missile test in 'open defiance of the international community'

(Newser) - White House National Security Adviser HR McMaster says North Korea's most recent missile test represents "open defiance of the international community." He says North Korea poses "a grave threat" not just to the United States and its Asian allies, but also to China. Speaking on Fox ... More »

McMaster: 'Range of Options' to Deal With N. Korea

Slams 'provocative and destabilizing and threatening behavior' of Kim Jong Un

(Newser) - Citing Pyongyang's failed missile launch as part of "a pattern of provocative and destabilizing and threatening behavior on the part of the North Korean regime," National Security Adviser HR McMaster said Sunday that the United States is developing a "range of options" to counter Kim Jong... More »

Flynn Deputy Was Asked to Step Down From NSC: Report

Insiders say McFarland will be reassigned as ambassador to Singapore

(Newser) - The deputy national security adviser praised as an anti-terror hardliner when she joined the Trump administration is being reassigned to a new role about as far away from Washington as it is possible to get, officials say. A source tells Reuters that former Fox News security analyst KT McFarland has... More »

Haley: Syria Regime Change 'We Think Is Going to Happen'

Says Trump's decision to bomb was 'one of president's finest hours'

(Newser) - President Trump's decision to bomb Syria this week "was really one of the president's finest hours," says US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, speaking with CNN 's State of the Union. "He wanted to know exactly what the facts and evidence was. He... More »

Fortune Names World's 10 Best Leaders

Theo Epstein, Jack Ma top the list

(Newser) - The world's greatest leaders aren't necessarily heading countries. Indeed, the greatest leader is US politics is an Army general, according to Fortune 's fourth annual list of the world's 50 greatest leaders. However, each individual on the list—43 of whom appear for the first time—... More »

Japan: North Korean Missile Landed 190 Miles From Coast

Tokyo says it was an 'extremely dangerous action'

(Newser) - North Korea on Monday fired four banned ballistic missiles that flew about 620 miles, with three of them landing in waters that Japan claims as its exclusive economic zone, South Korean and Japanese officials say. The move was an apparent reaction to huge military drills by Washington and Seoul that... More »

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