McMaster Is Gone, Who’s Next? Trump White House Officials In Firing Line

The latest White House official to join the list of people who were fired from the Trump administration is HR McMaster, the president’s national security adviser. 

President Donald Trump announced McMaster’s departure Thursday in a tweet and said he was “thankful for the service of General HR McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will remain my friend.” He also named John Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations as McMaster’s replacement. The changing of the guard will take place on 9 April, Trump said.

According to a report in the Guardian, there were no incidents that led to McMaster’s exit but it was on the cards for several weeks before it was announced. The pair is said to have clashed several times in the past over policy issues namely Afghanistan and Iran. 

In a statement, 55-year-old McMaster said he would be retiring from the U.S. Army and the White House at the same time. 

He also thanked the president and the members of the National Security Council, who “worked together to provide the president with the best options to protect and advance our national interests.”

Bolton, 69, who will be Trump’s third national security advisor in 14 months, issued a statement on his official Twitter account, saying he would be honored to serve the president. He added that he was looking forward to dealing with all the issues the U.S. is currently facing so that the country is “safer at home and stronger abroad.” 

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