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Trump responds to campaign to fire HR McMaster

Trump responds to campaign to fire HR McMaster

Amid a campaign against him from sections of the right wing media, president Trump on Friday re-affirmed his confidence in three star lieutenant general and national security adviser HR McMaster.

"The identities of U.S. 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.

The campaign has been characterized as part of an ongoing war in the White House an between "America First" nationalist faction led by Bannon, and a centrist Republican faction which has coalesced around McMaster and Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner.

Conservative outrage has grown after it was revealed McMaster allowed Susan Rice, President Obama's National Security Advisor, to keep her security clearance. Both men, for instance, agreed that the Trump administration should certify that Tehran is complying with the Iran nuclear deal - a pivotal decision that Trump resisted last month despite concerns that not issuing the certification would infuriate United States allies and forfeit all current restrictions on Iran's nuclear program.

Trump ally and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones posted a video where he promised to "get" McMaster, saying, "We're going to get McMaster". "Meanwhile, blogger Mike Cernovich has been tweeting links to a website called McMasterLeaks, which contains a single blog post with multiple examples of how McMaster is undermining Trump".

National security adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster opposes President Donald Trump on every foreign policy position, The Daily Caller reports.

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Rice has come under fire for her alleged role in "unmasking" Trump associates during the 2016 presidential election.

The White House has not responded to requests for comment.

Under the law, and under certain conditions, it is common practice for some senior government officials to be given the unfettered access to classified information, and their "need to know" is waived under "Executive Order 13526 Section 4.4 Access by Historical Researchers and Certain Former Government Personnel".

But Kelly's task is heightened by the long slate of looming foreign policy decisions that Trump is weighing. Kelly will be on the trip as well.

In recent weeks there have been a series of high profile resignations and firings in the White House, with press secretary Sean Spicer purportedly resigning in protest at the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as communications director.

Those individuals were responsible for politicizing US national security policy, critics say. McMaster's job is to develop the strategy of doing more with less, a near impossibility. "That common experience of having served in uniform and in battle creates a very strong bond between these people".