McMaster Fires Controversial Staffer From National Security Council Post


On Monday, newly minted White House Chief of Staff John Kelly dismissed brand new White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci.

It added that McMaster "determined that, at this time, a different set of experiences is best-suited to carrying that work forward". Cohen-Watnick was involved in providing documents related to the incidental surveillance of members of Trump's transition team to House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes in March.

When Flynn was forced to resign, having reportedly misled Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russian officials, the new national-security adviser, General H.R. McMaster, promptly began clearing out Flynn's people, among them Dave Cattler, the deputy assistant to the president for regional affairs, Adam Lovinger, a strategic affairs analyst on loan from the Pentagon, and K.T. McFarland, Flynn's deputy. "Such a move could earn General McMaster a fourth star".

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster has sacked yet another member of the National Security Council today, with the White House announcing that the senior director for intelligence programs Ezra Cohen-Watnick has been removed from his position, with the requisite praising of his past service.

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Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the 31-year-old hired by retired Lt. Gen. A good lawyer would likely want to shut that kind of freelancing down right away, especially if what Cohen-Watnick had found didn't amount to anything that helped the President or the White House.

Higgins, a director for strategic planning in the NSC's strategic-planning office, was sacked last month after he penned a memo warning of globalists, leftists and Islamists working on a "Maoist insurgency" to undermine the Trump administration, according to Rosie Gray.

One White House official told Circa that McMaster's letter "undercuts" Trump's assertion that Rice's unmasking requests were inappropriate. Among those he purged was the NSC's Middle East director Derek Harvey, who had "compiled a list of Obama holdovers" to be fired, according to the Conservative Review web site, which broke the story of Cohen-Watnick's firing on Wednesday. His name surfaced as a possible source of a drummed up scandal about Obama National Security Council official Susan Rice "unmasking" the names of Trump officials in intelligence reports.

Roth went on, "You have a situation where the president's policies are not being put forth by the national security adviser". Harvey was perceived as too close to Bannon by some White House aides, and Secretary of Defense James Mattis had disagreed with Harvey at times.