Trump has chose to replace HR McMaster as national security adviser

ImageIn the continuing game of musical chairs Rex Tillerson lost his seat at White House

ImageIn the continuing game of musical chairs Rex Tillerson lost his seat at White House

U.S. President Donald Trump has chose to replace his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, but the move is not expected to be made immediately, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.

Five people with knowledge of the plan told The Washington Post that McMaster's ouster was all but imminent.

"General McMaster forgot to say that the results of the 2016 election were not impacted or changed by the Russians", Trump tweeted out on February 18.

There was discussion in the West Wing about replacing him last fall, but he ultimately survived because officials, including the President himself, were skeptical about the optics of appointing a third national security adviser in less than a year, several sources told CNN.

Trump recently used Twitter to fire Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and moved to install his close ally, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, in the job.

If McMaster is ousted, he would be the latest in a string of high-profile White House departures since President Trump took office in January 2017.

Mr Trump is willing to take his time making the change to avoid humiliating Mr McMaster and carefully choose a strong replacement, the report said. On Wednesday, Trump chose conservative TV analyst Larry Kudlow to replace his top economic advisor, Gary Cohn, who quit earlier this month following a tariff rift.

The US president is discussing potential replacements for Lt General McMaster, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, March 7, 2018. "And I think you want to see change".

How long McMaster might stay at the White House remains unclear.

The development is part of a broader possible shake-up under consideration by the president that may include senior officials at the White House, according to the newspaper.

Yet that candor, and McMaster's occasional slow-walking of Trump orders that the national security team thought ill-advised, made for some tense moments that provoked Trump to explode at McMaster.

However the White House denied all the reports.

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