TRUMP MET WITH H.R. McMASTER OVER SUSAN RICE TOP-SECRET SECURITY CLEARANCE AND PURGING OF TRUMP LOYALISTS FROM NSC
Three reasons why President Trump met with H.R. McMaster on Thursday :
- For purging Trump loyalists from the White House national security council,
- about McMaster wanting to send more U.S. troops to Afghanistan
- and a report that McMaster allowed former Obama administration aide Susan E. Rice to keep her security clearance
By Dave Boyer – The Washington Times – Thursday, August 3, 2017
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster met with President Trump Thursday amid his purge of Trump loyalists from the White House national security council, a heated debate about sending more U.S. troops to Afghanistan and a report that he allowed former Obama administration aide Susan E. Rice to keep her security clearance.
Gen. McMaster sent a letter to Ms. Rice in April giving her unfettered and continuing access to classified information and waiving the “need-to-know” requirement on anything she viewed or received during her tenure as President Obama’s national security adviser. A copy of the letter was obtained by Circa; Mr. Trump reportedly was not aware of Gen. McMaster’s action.
The topic of Ms. Rice has been a particularly sore spot for Mr. Trump, who was angered to learn that she unmasked the identities of Trump transition aides in conversations with Russian officials. The president has called it “a massive story.”
Gen. McMaster also has come under increasing fire from conservatives this week after Bloomberg reported that he concluded Ms. Rice did nothing wrong with the unmasking.
The head of a conservative group called for Gen. McMaster to be fired, citing the leaks Thursday of transcripts of Mr. Trump’s phone conversations with foreign leaders.
“The only option President Trump has is to clean house at the National Security Council, starting at the top with General McMaster,” said Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning. “The threat posed to the country by the National Security Council leaking requires immediate and swift action.”
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