Changes to the National Security Council

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The Times also reported that advisers have floated the idea of Mr. Trump reassigning McMaster to take over as commander of USA forces in Afghanistan and installing current Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo as national security adviser.

"There is a split in the White House between the Bannon camp of ideologues and the McMaster-Mattis-Tillerson camp of more centrist intellectuals", Pete Mansoor, a retired Army colonel who worked closely with McMaster, told Politico.

The officials also noted that during US President Donald Trump's recent trip to Israel, McMaster's held a lengthy meeting with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, and highlighted his regular contacts with Defense Ministry officials.

Within days of the recertification, it was reported that Trump had authorized the establishment of a rival group within the White House, led by Bannon, that would seek a path out of the deal.

McMaster continued: "So what we have to do is. everything we can to pressure this regime, to pressure Kim Jong Un and those around him such that they conclude it is in their interest to denuclearise".

Ezra Cohen-Watnick - considered to be obsessively anti Iranian.

That is according to Bloomberg View's Eli Lake, who first broke the story in early April that Rice, who served under President Barack Obama from 2013 to 2017, tried to "unmask" Trump associates mentioned by foreign officials in conversations picked up as part of the US' intelligence-gathering operations.

Director of the Middle East. Both men, for instance, agreed that the Trump administration should certify that Tehran is complying with the Iran nuclear deal - a pivotal decision that Trump resisted last month despite concerns that not issuing the certification would infuriate U.S. allies and forfeit all current restrictions on Iran's nuclear program. McMaster tried to fire Cohen-Watnick earlier this year but was stymied by Bannon and Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who came to his defense. The right-wing website founded by Fox News' Tucker Carlson, interviewed a former Trump administration official who said: "the president isn't a big fan of what McMaster's doing".

His dismissal follows other recent changes at the NSC.

In response to "the president's skepticism that winning in Afghanistan was even possible", McMaster also reportedly showed Trump promising photos of the country.

Conservative pro-Trump journalist Mike Cernovich created a new website this week dedicated to publishing leaks about McMaster.

Following the departure from the Trump administration of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, and Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci, the betting game began.

Guest host Dana Perino asked if McMaster is on thin ice at the White House.