During the short time that he has been in the presidency, Donald Trump has seen many changes among the personnel in his administration. Just this week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was fired by the president.
The latest member of the Trump administration expected to be ousted is National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. According to sources who asked to remain anonymous, the president has decided that he wants a new national security adviser, and he has already begun to interview and consider those who will replace McMaster.
McMaster has not yet been dismissed. One of the factors holding off a formal dismissal is McMaster’s status as a three-star general. It would be considered inappropriate under military protocol if McMaster was transferred laterally. The administration is waiting for a four-star general position to open up so that McMaster can be installed in that position.
The president is said to want McMaster out for at least two reasons. He and McMaster have not agreed on policy. They have differences of opinion on how to handle Iran and North Korea. Also, the president does not like how long McMaster speaks in daily briefings. According to sources, the president believes that McMaster relates too much information that isn’t really relevant.
Insiders believe that John Bolton may be the new national security adviser. He and Trump think alike on many matters.
McMaster isn’t the only Trump official that may be on the way out. The president is said to be disappointed with Betsy Devos’ performance last Sunday in the 60 Minutes interview. There is speculation that Trump is seeking a replacement.
The president is also dissatisfied with Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs David Shulkin and Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson due to spending irregularities in their respective departments.
It is even rumored that Chief of Staff John Kelly may be on the way out. Mick Mulvaney from the Office of Management and Budget may replace Kelly.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has had a rocky relationship with the president. This week, there have been rumors that Scott Pruitt may leave the EPA and become the new leader of the Justice Department if Sessions is fired.