White House preparing for exit of national security advisor HR McMaster

National security adviser H.R. McMaster is rumored to be leaving the White House as early as next month, according to a report.

The move, according to NBC News, has been orchestrated by White House chief of staff John Kelly and Defense Secretary James Mattis.

She continued that accusations that the White House is in chaos are misguided.

Spokesman for the National Security Council Michael Anton said in an announcement he had assisted a meeting between Trump and H.R McMaster in the Oval Office and the president had said the NBC story was "fake news".

Stephen Biegun: Vice president for worldwide government affairs at Ford Motors and a former senior staff member to then-national security adviser Condoleezza Rice in the George W. Bush administration.


A possible replacement for McMaster is automotive executive Stephen Biegun, NBC reported citing five people familiar with the process.

McMaster is Trump's second national security advisor since he took office in January 2017. Bolton has maintained what some have described as a positive personal relationship with President Donald Trump since the election but his hawkish views on issues like North Korea have made him a controversial pick to join the administration.

McMaster came to the White House past year to replace Michael Flynn. After Mattis met with Biegun at a think tank event he was convinced Biegun would be a good fit for the national security adviser role, the associate said.

Trump has repeatedly clashed with McMaster, a respected three-star general. He referred to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's charges against 13 Russian nationals and a St. Petersburg-based "troll farm", accused of seeking to interfere in the American presidential election in 2016.

Trump also said McMaster should have noted the only collusion was between Russia, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and the Democrats.

  • Tracy Klein