Trump denies reports suggesting national security advisor's departure

Trump denies reports suggesting national security advisor's departure

The White House pushed back on a report Thursday that H.R. McMaster would soon leave his position as national security adviser.

NBC reported that a senior executive at USA automaker Ford, Stephen Biegun, was a possible replacement.

"The United States will expose and act against those who use cyberspace, social media and other means to advance campaigns of disinformation, subversion and espionage", McMaster said.

According to administration officials, the move could happen by next month and it was coordinated by Chief of Staff John Kelly and Defence Secretary James Mattis, NBC News reported.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders downplayed the tweet two days later. Last month, the national security advisor drew Trump's ire when he said it was "incontrovertible" that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 US elections.

"We frequently face rumour and innuendo about senior administration officials.There are no personnel announcements at this time". The leading contender to replace McMaster is Stephen Biegun, who once served as senior aide to former national security adviser Condoleezza Rice.




Since then, McMaster has publicly clashed with President Trump on the Russian Federation investigation and his relationship with the president has reportedly gotten tense.

President Donald Trump is believed to have berated McMaster on several occasions, including one instance during which he complained McMaster droned on during meetings.

"I was just with President Trump and H.R. McMaster in the Oval Office", National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton said in a statement of his own. As per the administration official, Mc Master is expected to quit his job by the end of March and shall not return to the military and retire as a three-star general.

News of McMaster's potential replacement comes a day after White House communications director Hope Hicks abruptly resigned from her post.

McMaster is Trump's second national security advisor since he took office in January 2017.

Mr McMaster is seen as a respected leader in the military.

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