Red flags are rising and concern is mounting over steps taken recently by White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster, who has been purging the department of long-time Trump loyalists.
The National Security Council (NSC) staffers being fired by McMaster had reportedly clashed with holdovers from the Obama administration, but instead of “draining the swamp,” McMaster is ridding the department of the Trump loyalists who had been chosen to help implement the president’s agenda.
The clashes are reported to be over a number of issues between the career government staffers from Obama’s administration and the Trump staffers, including stance on the U.S. role in fighting Islamic radicalism, the Paris Climate Agreement, military strategies for Syria and Afghanistan, Obama’s Iran deal, and Cuba.
The West Wing has reportedly been thrown into chaos over the firings, insiders have told The Washington Free Beacon, and many of the decisions were made without Trump’s knowledge. Many of those being fired were hired by former national security adviser Michael Flynn and are in conflict with McMaster’s own vision for the NSC.
McMaster fired Rich Higgins last month after he shot out a memo warning about Islamists. Higgins, a top official on the National Security Council, had only served on the council for a couple of months. He had also reportedly “pushed for declassification of documents having to do with radical Islam and Iran.”
In the memo, Higgins warned that both globalists and Islamists are trying to defeat President Trump’s agenda, both from within and outside the government, Frontpage Magazine reported.
“Globalists and Islamists recognize that for their visions to succeed, America, both as an ideal and as a national and political identity, must be destroyed,” the memo warns. It argues that this has led “Islamists [to] ally with cultural Marxists,” but that in the long run, “Islamists will co-opt the movement in its entirety.
“Because the left is aligned with Islamist organizations at local, national, and international levels, recognition should be given to the fact that they seamlessly interoperate through coordinated synchronized interactive narratives … These attack narratives are pervasive, full spectrum, and institutionalized at all levels. They operate in social media, television, the 24-hour news cycle in all media and are entrenched at the upper levels of the bureaucracies.”
On July 21, Higgins was informed by McMaster’s deputy Ricky Waddell that he was out of a job.
Another staffer fired by McMaster is Derek Harvey, a former Defense Intelligence Agency colonel originally hired by Flynn and described as “one of the NSC’s best people on the Middle East.” The reason? He presented a list of names of Obama holdovers in the NSC that were suspected of leaking to the press. McMaster refused to fire anyone on the list, stating he had the authority to fire and hire NSC staff – and so he fired Harvey himself.
In reporting the firing of Harvey on July 27, Frontpage stated, “This one is a really big win for McMaster. And a great loss for America. It will set back our ability to fight Islamic terrorism. Iran, Al Qaeda and the Palestinian Authority are celebrating today.”
President Trump can reverse McMaster’s firings, as he did overrule the effort in March to oust Ezra Watnick-Cohen, 31, the staffer who exposed Obama’s spying on Trump’s people. McMaster had tried to replace him with Anne Patterson, a woman who had drafted the Benghazi talking points and a Muslim Brotherhood ally. White House aides Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon clashed with McMaster over that decision and eventually brought the matter straight to the president, who overruled it.
However, McMaster has now fired Watnick-Cohen outright. He was one of the few remaining staffers who had originally been hired by Flynn.
A statement released Wednesday about the firing said, “General McMaster appreciates the good work accomplished in the NSC’s Intelligence directorate under Ezra Cohen’s leadership. He has determined that, at this time, a different set of experiences is best-suited to carrying that work forward. General McMaster is confident that Ezra will make many further significant contributions to national security in another position in the administration.”
McMaster is reportedly “on the warpath” and more purges are on the way, according to a report by the Beacon.
“McMaster basically has this list and over the next two weeks he’s going to phase out” more senior officials loyal to Trump, said one administration insider intimately familiar with the upheaval occurring at the White House National Security Council. “They’re taking out people who were chosen to best implement the president’s policy that he articulated during the campaign.”
“One of the first things H.R. McMaster did when he took over the NSC was order all the staffers who came in with Trump to stop talking about Obama ‘holdovers.’ It was an actual, literal, explicit instruction,” the source told the Beacon. “He didn’t want anyone pointing out how Obama loyalists were still in place, undermining President Trump, and leaking against him.”
“After he was done protecting the entrenched bureaucracy, McMaster went on offense, which is what you’re seeing now,” the source said. “He’s purging the people who came up with Trump and are genuinely loyal to him.”
An opinion editorial in Jihad Watch asks the question, “Is this Barack Obama’s administration, or Donald Trump’s?”
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