McMaster cleans house in leak probe
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster met with President Trump on Thursday amid his purge of Trump loyalists from the White House
National Security Council.
Mr. McMaster this week ousted Ezra CohenWatnick, the NSC’s senior director for intelligence who was considered a Trump loyalist.
“General McMaster appreciates the good work accomplished in the NSC’s Intelligence directorate under Ezra Cohen’s leadership,” the White House said in a statement.
Mr. Cohen-Watnick was involved in a controversy over a visit by House Intelligence Committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes, California Republican, to the White House in March to look at intelligence reports about surveillance of Trump aides during the presidential campaign.
Two weeks ago, NSC director of strategic planning Rich Higgins was fired. He was ally of senior presidential adviser Steve Bannon.
Mr. McMaster reportedly has been ousting NSC staffers connected to a memo outlining how Mr. Trump was under attack from “globalists” and “Islamists” trying to undermine his agenda.