McMaster added that he would "waive the requirement that you must have a "need-to-know" to access any classified information contained in items you 'originated, reviewed, signed or received while serving, ' as National Security Adviser".
Retired Army Colonel Pete Mansoor, who worked closely with McMaster, told Politico that "there is a split in the White House between the Bannon camp of ideologues and the McMaster-Mattis-Tillerson camp of more centrist intellectuals". "Conservative Review reports that from ".interviews with several current and former members of President Trump's inner circle, a profile of McMaster has emerged as a man fiercely opposed to strengthening the US alliance with the Jewish state".
The officials also noted that during US President Donald Trump's recent trip to Israel, McMaster's held a lengthy meeting with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, and highlighted his regular contacts with Defense Ministry officials.
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Trump has always been a skeptic of lingering USA involvement in foreign wars and has expressed little interest in deploying military forces without a specific plan on what they will do and for how long.
Some conservatives have also criticized him for granting security clearance to Susan Rice, Obama's national security adviser. Most recently, he ousted Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence at the National Security Council who had been viewed as a Trump loyalist. The Trump administration is now weighing a reduction of USA military presence instead. On Thursday, the New York Times reported that the "ouster" of Cohen-Watnick was "intended as a show of confidence from Mr. Kelly to Mr. McMaster". So it is that "McMaster Leaks" includes "facts" such as: "McMaster fired Rich Higgins for writing a memo criticizing Islamic terrorism".
His dismissal follows other recent changes at the NSC. "They're taking out people who were chosen to best implement the president's policy that he articulated during the campaign".
With all of the staff turnover, McMaster has become the target of pro-Trump pundits in the media who view him as a "globalist" out of step with Trump's policies and angling for a military escalation in Afghanistan after 16 years of fighting. Trump wants to deal with the Islam issue - McMaster doesn't.
Even as the White House appeared overcome by the resignations of two communications directors and a chief of staff in rapid succession, McMaster has carried out his months-long quest to clear Flynn's baggage.