John Kelly and Donald Trump Declare a Truce

US President Donald Trump has chose to remove H.R. McMaster as his National Security Adviser and was actively discussing potential replacements, The Washington Post reported.

They also said the administration was considering replacing McMaster last fall, but hesitated because appointing a third national security adviser in less than a year would not reflect well on Trump.

Mr. Kelly, too, is trying to run a White House under the cloud of reports that the president is looking for a replacement.

Jarred by the treatment of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, whom the president fired by tweet on Tuesday morning, Mr. Kelly suggested to colleagues that he may be the next to be pushed out of the White House.

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The on-again, off-again reports about H.R. McMaster are continuing.

USA media said the mood inside the White House has been verging on mania and anxiety in recent days due to Trump's increasing interest in sacking people around him.

The people said Trump is now comfortable with ousting McMaster, with whom he never personally gelled, but is willing to take time executing the move because he wants to ensure both that the three-star Army general is not humiliated and that there is a strong successor lined up.

He replaced Michael Flynn.

As White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders wrapped today's briefing--in which she denied there's any looming personnel changes--Axios dropped a new report about John Kelly and the "chaos" narrative she downplayed.

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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.

The daily quoting a senior White House official said, "The president is enjoying the process of assessing his team and making changes, tightening his inner circle to those he considers survivors and who respect his unconventional style".

Other cabinet personnel on the US media's watchlist include Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who showed clear lack of preparation while appearing on CBS's "60 Minutes", Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, who hit the headlines for ordering a dining room set for his office worth 31,000 USA dollars, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt for frequently traveling first class at taxpayers' expense, and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who spent 139,000 dollars for an office door.

NBC News' Peter Alexander pressed her further, citing Trump's own comments this week indicating further staff turnover: "We're getting very close to having the Cabinet and other things that I want".

With a laugh, Trump said: "Who's next?".

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Lemire contributed from NY.


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