HR McMaster Is Being Pushed Out Of The Trump Administration

Two senior White House staffers, including communications director Hope Hicks - have announced their departures from the West Wing this week, and now NBC is reporting that  National Security Advisor HR McMaster is on the verge of being pushed out.

According to NBC, Chief of Staff John Kelly and Defense Secretary James Mattis have orchestrated McMaster's ouster, even going so far as to select a leading candidate for the job, whom they will presumably recommend to the president.

McMaster could be handing in his resignation as early as next month.



McMaster - who recently elicited an angry tweet from his boss after telling the audience at a forum in Germany that evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 race was "incontrovertible" - has never fit in with the rest of the administration. He was tapped to step in for Mike Flynn when he resigned after only 24 days on the job. McMaster had no previous connection to the Trump campaign, and refused to retire from the Army upon taking the job, maintaining his rank of active duty lieutenant general.


The leading candidate to replace McMaster is the auto industry executive Stephen Biegun. Biegun, a former National Security Council staffer who was introduced to Mattis and Kelly by Condoleezza Rice, has reportedly been vetted by both Kelly and Mattis. Biegun needs a few weeks to get his finances in order, allowing him to take the job.

Biegun, who currently serves as vice president of international governmental affairs for the Ford Motor Company, is no stranger to the White House. He served on the National Security Council staff from 2001 to 2003, including as a senior staffer for then-national security adviser Condoleezza Rice.

Rice introduced Biegun to Mattis, recommending him for a position in the administration, according to a close associate of Rice. After Mattis met with Biegun at a think tank event he was convinced Biegun would be a good fit for the national security adviser role, the associate said.

Two people close to Biegun said he would need several weeks to get his financial affairs in order to be able to join the administration this spring.

Mr. Biegun did not respond himself to a request for comment, but Ford Motor Company spokesperson Christin Baker said, "Steve has no plans to leave Ford."

The White House did not respond to requests for comment.

Mattis has reportedly assured Kelly that he would offer McMaster either another three-star job in the Army or even a promotion after he leaves the administration.

As an Army major, he turned his Ph.D. dissertation into a best-selling book that became mandatory reading inside the halls of the Pentagon and on military bases around the world. “Dereliction of Duty” held military leaders responsible for the U.S. defeat in Vietnam, arguing that they quietly acquiesced to the demands of President Lyndon S. Johnson rather than providing their best counsel.

He earned a Silver Star as a tank commander during the Gulf War. During McMaster's promotion to lieutenant general, retired Lt. Gen. David Barno called him “the rarest of soldiers,” admiring his ability to repeatedly “buck the system and survive to join its senior ranks.”

McMaster took over command of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command in 2012 and was planning to retire last summer until he got a surprise call from the White House in February 2017.

Now, a year later, a source close to Mattis said the Pentagon chief assured Kelly that he would offer McMaster a graceful landing, either another three-star job in the Army or even a promotion to a four-star general.

To be sure, this isn't the first report claiming McMaster's days in the administration were numbered. He has somehow managed to hang on this long despite a torrent of criticism from Trump, his supporters and political allies. He has also committed the gravest sin of all - in Trump's mind, at least: Disloyalty.

Could McMaster, by all accounts a widely respected commander in the Army who turned his PhD thesis into a book that is now required reading at the Pentagon, find a way to hang on? Perhaps.

But maybe the real question is, does he even want to stay?


JSBach1 WorkingClassMan Thu, 03/01/2018 - 21:04 Permalink

"Rice introduced Biegun to Mattis, recommending him for a position in the administration, according to a close associate of Rice" Nothing speaks more volumes than a retread from Bush Jr's administration -- especially when it comes to foreign policy!

Wasn't Condolleeza Rice at the tip of the spear driving us to invade Iraq?

[EDIT]: "Mr. Biegun worked in the White House from 2001-2003 as Executive Secretary of the National Security Council. He served as a senior staff member to the National Security Advisor, Condoleezza Rice, and performed the function of chief operating officer for the National Security Council. Mr. Biegun graduated from the University of Michigan where he studied Political Science and Russian Language. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Aspen Strategy Group, and is a member of the boards of the US-Russia Investment Fund, the Moscow School of Political Studies, the Council of the Americas, the National Bureau of Asian Research, and the Automotive Trade Policy Council."……

He is also a co-author of The Crisis with Russia:

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MK ULTRA Alpha chunga Thu, 03/01/2018 - 20:03 Permalink

chunga, trailer park low life, what kind of comment was that, something ignorant that didn't have anything to do with anything because you're ignorant.

Now how do you like me posting to you? It's the same as Bay of Pigs attacking me and then I ask him to not post to me but what does this jerk do, he believes he has a right because of time spent on this board being an utter dumb ass like you qualifies him to shit on posters just like you do.

And you and him will whine like the babies  when someone calls on it(behind a monitor on a message board). After two attacks from this POS I gave it back. And I wish he would just go his own way, but he's a sick control freak, if you're not thinking like him, then he is so uncivilized like you, he will try to shit on posters who will not conform to his convoluted interpretation of reality.

Don't post to me and keep your ignorant crap to yourself and use the up or down if you don't like a post, because you're so ignorant nothing you say can have meaning to anything I post. Better yet don't read my fucking post Mr. White Trash America and I really mean that when I call the most ignorant low lifes, whatever, I hope you got it because I will come back again to DEFEND MYSELF FROM FILTH LIKE YOU.

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MK ULTRA Alpha Bay of Pigs Thu, 03/01/2018 - 17:44 Permalink

You're a God Damn nut, the mans profession is being a soldier, your profession is being low rent white trash on disabilty or some other state aid. That's you, not working and of working age.

Do you realize how low rent white trash your comments are?

What happened to you? You're a loser who must blame your country for your failures? It's the victim culture society or do you have a baggage from a broken home, momma and you're victims because of daddy?

And please and I asked you before, don't post to me, it makes me feel dirty. God strike me down right now that this poster who has posted to me twice has made me feel dirty from his low life bitter whining.

Buddy it's low and dirty.


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MK ULTRA Alpha MK ULTRA Alpha Thu, 03/01/2018 - 18:31 Permalink

Well he only responded this time with a down vote right after I posted so I hope this means that this low life POS will stop posting to me.

The child like game of up and down vote is like children, but it's not for these ignorant low info, not well read, they don't even read the articles. 

These ignorant parrots think they will be able to radicalize an American poster. What this low life does, and there are a few others, if a poster doesn't think like  this ghetto freak, then he will post to you some low life comments to PROVE HE'S LOW RENT WHITE TRASH.

The God's truth is I am praying for a nuclear war. I want to see this POS dead from a nuclear war. But I want Russia and China taken out so they will not be able to continue. This kind of mind, the mind of the low life freak who has no job and comes here to post his hate for America while on government assistance. And what's really low he knows the board is flooded with anti-American foreigners and he works to help them with his comments. If someone wrote the fact the sky is blue, he would say it's black. Lying to others and he lies to himself.


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MK ULTRA Alpha chunga Thu, 03/01/2018 - 19:25 Permalink

Who cares what you think. You're ignorant low rent white trash. period. I wouldn't allow someone like you to speak to me or have contact with me. You're a low life liar and thief,

Anyone who has the kind of manners you've shown on the board is NOT CIVILIZED.

I want to add this, the low rent white trash here will look up the date, and then use that as if they have authority over someone else because they've been here longer. LOL, can't get any low than that kind of logic.

And I don't care if someone like you read my post or not. I'm giving it back to someone who shit on me. I've asked him not to post to me and can you not post to me. Just use the up and down because I don't want to exposed to your kind anymore.

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MK ULTRA Alpha TuPhat Thu, 03/01/2018 - 19:22 Permalink

TuPhat, do you believe for one second that jerk you're defending would say what he said to me in public? And you acting like a bad ass, buddy that's being a punk and I am a RED NECK HERE IN TEXAS AND BELIEVE ME PUNKS LIKE YOU WOULDN'T BE ALLOWED TO GET AWAY WITH THE LOW LIFE LOW RENT WHITE TRASH LOWER SOCIOECONOMIC CLASS COMMENTS?

You do it behind a monitor, just wait you'll have your chance to PROVE YOUR A MAN.

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MK ULTRA Alpha doublesharp Thu, 03/01/2018 - 19:18 Permalink

How old are you? and what country are you posting from for the survey?

Give me more than a low life cut down, can you do it? No you can't because you're another ignorant poster on a board that is anti-American hate rants and foreigners.

Even Americans have announced they're ending their time on ZH because of it, I've seen poster come on here and say that. But I like beating these ignorant POS heads in, and the up and down vote crap is for children. LOL


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MK ULTRA Alpha New_Meat Thu, 03/01/2018 - 20:56 Permalink

This is true, but we have gangs of posters who want to insult and trash posters opinions. I was just giving it back after two attacks by the Bay of Pigs poster.

What's interesting, is posters like Musicis poster comes on here everyday posting he wants the Americans killed off and Russia is great etc. He jumps on the bandwagon to shit on a poster, never had an exchange with him, just knew he was nuts.

Now when someone like that attacks you, do you not give it back? And what's funny when I give it back those who insults and trash posters all the time come in for a good shitting session. This is so low, and it's a echo chamber of anti-American hate and delusion. LOL Russia has this and that and Russia will kill the Americans, this kid has been posting that crap for over a month.

He's tried to say I was scared many times now, showing he wants an America to say they're afraid of Russia. LOL I want to kill every man woman child in Russia. I could careless about the Russians and the freaks on this board.

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mc888 MK ULTRA Alpha Thu, 03/01/2018 - 22:30 Permalink

MK, it's a foreign troll. There are quite a few that come here. Even from places you may not expect like Iran, Pakistan, Turkey and Palestinians.

As they say, lurk moar. You will notice similarities in writing style, misspelling, misuse of language and colloquialisms, attitudes, flames and responses from multiple identities for the same person/bot.  Especially on threads re the ME. Watch those quickly fill up with shitposting autobots sliding the thread to bury any human interaction, or any response to their shitpost propaganda. Their aim is resource burn. Don't let it work on you.

Actual humans also come here. Some to comment, some just to shitpost. You'll even meet the occasional Russian with the common sense not to want to die in a nuclear war any more than we do.

It's "Fight Club", but it degenerated from intelligent combative discourse to shitposting trollbots when Tyler realized he got more clicks on the political articles. Get a thicker skin Mr. Redneck, and don't feed the trolls. You'll be alright.

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putaipan GoingBig Thu, 03/01/2018 - 18:40 Permalink

i dunno - the tone of the pbs news hour suggests the coup is in full effect. "turmoil in the white house" (ominous music cnnstyle)

unless trump reaches out to paul craig roberts, judge napalotino, ray mcgovern, robert david steele and others who have been supportive, he's probably toast. but then again, he probably doesn'teven know who they are.

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MK ULTRA Alpha New_Meat Thu, 03/01/2018 - 21:03 Permalink

I read your comment, I wanted to say, this is not a normal board. They're not interested in the business articles or talking about business. It's impossible when everything is America is going to die in the next few seconds. That is the level of frantic hate for the US and it's people.

As I pointed out, we have posters who on their first post of the day is kill off the Americans, it's kill Americans, kill Americans all the time. Well this is one of my attackers, so I can't tell him he's a low life POS. That's what's being said., that I have no right to call out someone for shitting on me. Especially after the person has foamed like a mad dog about killing Americans off and then asking me or telling me I am SCARED. This ignorant POS really believes he is scaring Americans with his rants about killing the Americans off.

We're supposed to lay down and die, that has been the communist defeatist ideology programmed into these minds. And most of these people are losers and trying to blame the Americans for their problems.

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