Susan Rice keeps top-secret security clearance, H.R. McMaster letter says

Susan Rice keeps top-secret security clearance, H.R. McMaster letter says

Susan Rice keeps top-secret security clearance, H.R. McMaster letter says

President Trump responded to a campaign from his supporters to fire his national security advisor H.R. McMaster late Friday night.

Senior Israeli defense officials told Haaretz on Saturday that the allegations against McMaster concerning Israel are false and baseless. The three-star general addressed Trump's questions about why the USA isn't "winning" in Afghanistan, but didn't want to discuss why we're still there after 16 years. You re-educate it of course.

The New York Times added that a senior White House official told them the president has "total confidence" in McMaster.

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 letter also states that the "NSC will continue to work with you to ensure the appropriate security clearance documentation remains on file to allow you access to classified information".

The White House has not responded to requests for comment. And n ational-security experts broadly agree that Rice's reported requests to identify who was speaking with the foreign officials before Trump was inaugurated were neither unusual nor against the law.

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McMaster's insistence, alongside that of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and Joint Chiefs Chairman Joseph Dunford, that the USA re-certify Iran's compliance with the Obama-era nuclear deal was met with sharp pushback from the President, who felt such a move would undermine his campaign promise to scrap the agreement.

"The identities of USA persons may be released under two circumstances: 1) the identity is needed to make sense of the intercept; 2) if a crime is involved in the conversation", said Robert Deitz, a former senior counselor to the CIA director and former general counsel at the National Security Agency. But the White House officials told Circa that under the current congressional investigation, and given President Trump's ongoing concern that members of his team were unmasked, Rice's clearance should have been limited to congressional testimony only or revoked until the end of the investigation. "The president is very proud of him". "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 infighting has resulted in more problems than solutions. "When we're in those meetings, he's all about getting options on the table for the president".

John Kelly, a retired four-star Marine, was sworn in as chief of staff this week with a mandate to instill order in Trump's pack of restive aides. Another major task was in keeping Trump's attention during security briefings. "McMaster would act like the tangents didn't happen and go back to Point 2 on his card".

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