President Donald Trump has made the decision to replace his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster. The replacement is not to be made immediately, meaning Trump is still looking at possible options for who will take McMaster’s place.
The Washington Post reported on Thursday that President Trump was still considering several possible replacements, including former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton and Keith Kellogg, the chief of staff of the National Security Council.
Meanwhile, the White House has ignored all requests for comments regarding the ongoing shake-up in the administration.
Trump on Tuesday also fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the President has hinted that in recent days additional shake-up at the top levels of his administration will be happening.
“I’m really at a point where we’re getting very close to having the Cabinet and other things that I want,” Trump told reporters after Tillerson was fired.
According to the Post, McMaster is not expected to be ousted immediately, meaning that Trump is willing to take his time making the change to avoid humiliating McMaster and carefully choose a strong replacement, the Post said. Apparently, Trump never personally had a good relationship with McMaster and the President recently told White House Chief of Staff John Kelly that he wanted McMaster replaced, the Post wrote.
Trump has been complaining that McMaster, a three-star Army general, is too rigid and that his briefings go on too long and seem irrelevant, the Post reported.
McMaster is the second national security adviser in the White House; before him, the position belonged to Michael Flynn who was fired almost a year ago for not telling Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States.
An analysis of the rate of departures by the Brookings Institution found that Trump’s staff turnover is higher than the five previous presidents.