And what Trump tells the New York Times means nothing
President Trump is cagey and cunning. Publicly, he says he still backs his National Security Adviser, the overbearing general H.R. McMaster, but Trump’s tepid support can be disregarded.
So when Trump says to the (ha!) New York Times that “General McMaster and I are working very well together,” it doesn’t mean a thing in the world according to Trump and in the ever unpredictable evolution of his presidency.
McMaster is working against the president, not for him. He supports the Iran nuclear deal, whereas Trump has repeatedly called it the worst deal ever made.
Among those ousted during McMaster’s current firing binge of conservatives were several National Security Council staffers who think the Iran nuclear deal was a sucker bet as much as Trump does, and were working to kill it.
Pro-Israel members of McMaster’s team have been falling like dominoes, fueling what is already known about McMaster — that he is anti-israel and has branded the country as “the occupying power.”
The latest to be fired was Ezra Cohen-Watnick, the senior director for intelligence who was not only working to overturn the Iran nuclear deal, but in the process of weeding out deep state renegades and leakers within the government who seek to sabotage the Trump presidency.
And then there’s the phrase “radical Islamic terrorism,” which McMaster ordered his staff never to use. He prefers to refer to Muslim terrorists by the politically correct term favored by the liberal left: “un-Islamic.”
That’s like the old chestnut (à la George Carlin) of understating “shell shock” as “battle fatigue” and in recent years as “post-traumatic stress disorder.”
McMaster’s pièce de résistance was when he declared that former Obama national security adviser Susan Rice did nothing wrong by unmasking Trump campaign officials during the transition and even allowed her to keep her security clearance.
Trump was dead against that, and continues to insist that Rice should be investigated for alleged criminal malfeasance.
One other reason for the president not to trust McMaster: Trump’s Senior Adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner is a big supporter of the globalist McMaster. Trump and Kushner may be related by his marriage to Ivanka, but they are not close, policy-wise or otherwise.
Trump’s base, which is the only reliable thing he’s got going for him, has been flooding social media airwaves with the hashtag #FireMcMaster. The president watches that closely, and he knows his base is his best bet.