Trump de­fends na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser McMaster

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

BRIDGE­WA­TER, N.J. — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump is­sued a de­fense of his na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser H.R. McMaster against crit­i­cism that he’s not sup­port­ive enough of Is­rael and is sti­fling con­ser­va­tive viewpoints.

Trump came out with a pub­lic en­dorse­ment late Fri­day. In a state­ment, Trump said: “Gen­eral McMaster and I are work­ing very well to­gether. He is a good man and very pro-Is­rael. I am grate­ful for the work he con­tin­ues to do serv­ing our coun­try.”

McMaster, an Army lieu­tenant gen­eral, came un­der at­tack af­ter the re­cent fir­ing of White House in­tel­li­gence ad­viser Ezra Co­hen-Wat­nick, who was a pro­tege of Trump’s first na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser, Michael Flynn. Crit­ics have ac­cused McMaster of try­ing to re­move con­ser­va­tive voices from Trump’s na­tional se­cu­rity team.

McMaster was also the sub­ject of a widely cir­cu­lated Face­book post by a Jerusalem Post colum­nist that called him “deeply hos­tile to Is­rael.”

Trump’s state­ment of sup­port comes af­ter a tur­bu­lent pe­riod at the White House and a reshuf­fling of top staff un­der new White House chief of staff John Kelly.

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