Trump defends national security adviser, says McMaster is 'pro

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Critics have accused General McMaster of trying to remove conservative voices from the President's national security team.

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

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. Trump wants to get us out of Syria - McMaster wants to go in.

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.

Gen. H.R. McMaster listens as U.S. President Donald Trump makes the announcement at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida. Rice has been accused by the president, who has cited no evidence, of involvement in attempts to unmask Trump officials wiretapped by USA intelligence agencies during last year's election.

What hasn't been reported is that it was McMaster who pressured Trump to agree not to let Netanyahu accompany him to the Western Wall.

Earlier in the week Ezra Cohen-Watnick, one of Trump's top intelligence directors, was the latest person to be fired in a string of shake-ups at the White House and National Security Council.

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The Indian authorities have suspended internet services in Pulwama district following the killings. Reports said a trooper was wounded in the standoff and he was immediately removed to hospital.

McMaster is now involved in a power struggle within the Trump administration, facing off against the far-right wing headed by senior adviser Steve Bannon, who is attempting to bring about McMaster's resignation.

The firing of the NSC's director for strategy planning, Richard Higgins, on July 21, meanwhile, was linked to a conspiratorial memo he'd sent about radical Islam rather than his ties to Bannon or NSC aide Sebastian Gorka, an NSC aide said.

Campaign loyalists and allies of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn have been purged with increasing rapidity in recent weeks, and the battle for the NSC is developing by the day. "After extensive research, Harvey compiled a list of suspected leakers and reportedly delivered it straight to the president, who then took his list to McMaster".

The attacks directed at McMaster came from conservative news sites and grew on social media. "He is a good man and very pro-Israel", Trump said in a statement Friday night.

Trump's efforts to cool speculation about McMaster's future seems to be another example of how new chief of staff John Kelly is bringing some order to the chaotic White House.

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