Trump has made a decision to remove his national security adviser
- Author: Michelle Webb Mar 19, 2018,
Mar 19, 2018, 4:06
Kelly has also worn on the president, confidants of the president said.
President Donald Trump's record-setting personnel turnover inspired Costa Rica-based BetDSI to begin taking bets on White House departures and it said the chances for any particular staff member remaining employed in the White House were not high.
A reporter, in the wake of the president firing Rex Tillerson and continued rumors of pending shakeups, told Sanders, "we're hearing a lot from staff behind the scenes saying they're on edge, people are anxious, they don't know what's happening in terms of staffing exits, firings".
With speculation about McMaster's future intense, Sanders on Friday gave a vote of confidence to the national security adviser, saying that she had spoken to the president the night before and that no changes were coming.
The president and McMaster have disagreed on a number of issues - including the Iran deal and the USA approach to North Korea - and the national security adviser has also clashed with Kelly and Defense Secretary James Mattis, according to the officials.
McMaster, in turn, is not a natural fit for the scattershot policy-making process in the White House and dislikes the internal rivalries that so often divide the West Wing.
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Despite once bemoaning Bolton's thick mustache as unbefitting a senior White House official, Trump has now determined he can look past it, one person familiar with his thinking said. Multiple sources told CNN on Thursday that Trump is prepared to oust McMaster and find a new national security adviser before his planned meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
At least one of Trump's "generals" - the collection of military advisers he used to boast about - remains largely in good standing.
The turbulence is part of a broader potential shake-up under consideration by Trump that is likely to include senior officials at the White House, where staffers are gripped by fear and uncertainty as they await the next move from an impulsive president who enjoys stoking conflict.
A second source said "aides said discussions about rehiring him are still in the early stages".
The shaken-sounding outgoing cabinet secretary explained that his official ending date will be March 31, and that he aims for an "orderly and smooth transition" for his replacement, CIA Director Mike Pompeo. A campaign supporter of Trump's, Pompeo developed a strong personal relationship with the president by regularly attending his daily intelligence briefing. He's CNBC contributor Larry Kudlow, who opposes taxing foreign imports, yet still says he's "in accord" with Trump's agenda.