Donald Trump is facing threats on all sides.
Many of the conspirators against him are well known.
But no one saw the biggest threat coming and you’ll never believe who it is.
In a Presidential administration, personnel is policy.
Presidents need loyal staffers throughout government to carry out their directives and implement their agenda.
They also depend on an honest flow of information to help guide their decisions.
This is where Trump is in grave danger.
National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster is firing Trump loyalists on the National Security Council and replacing them with establishment hacks.
“National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster has pushed out a top White House intelligence aide who earlier this year secretly shared information with a Republican lawmaker investigating ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.
The dismissal of Ezra Cohen-Watnick, confirmed by the White House, is the latest in a string of NSC staff members removed at the behest of McMaster, who has steadily shed aides that had been brought on by his short-lived predecessor Michael Flynn.
Cohen-Watnick, 31, was one of the few remaining aides in the organization hired by Flynn, who was fired in February. Since his arrival McMaster has had a hand in steadily cleaning out out several of Flynn’s marquee hires – three of them in the past three weeks.
“General McMaster appreciates the good work accomplished in the NSC’s Intelligence directorate under Ezra Cohen’s leadership,” a White House official said in a statement circulated via pool report. “He has determined that, at this time, a different set of experiences is best-suited to carrying that work forward. General McMaster is confident that Ezra will make many further significant contributions to national security in another position in the administration.”
Cohen-Watnick was a Trump supporter and loyalist.
He heroically alerted House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes to the fact that the Obama administration was unmasking Trump officials caught up in surveillance for political gain.
His reward was termination by the establishment minded McMaster.
Cohen-Watnick was the latest casualty in McMaster’s crusade to purge America First loyalists from the National Security Council.
The Weekly Standard reports he is on a mission to eliminate Steve Bannon’s influence on the NSC and reassert the establishment’s grip on foreign policy:
“This was not the first change. Last week, McMaster fired Derek Harvey, the NSC’s top Middle East adviser. Harvey was perceived as too close to Bannon by some White House aides, and Secretary of Defense James Mattis had disagreed with Harvey at times.
And another Bannon acolyte, Rich Higgins, was given the boot on July 21, as Rosie Gray at the Atlantic first reported on Wednesday. (This was before the arrival of Kelly as chief of staff.) Higgins, a former Pentagon aide, wrote and circulated a memo charging the “deep state,” “globalists,” and “bankers” with aligning with “Islamists” against the Trump administration.”
These moves come in the wake of Trump rejecting McMaster’s plan to escalate the war in Afghanistan by increasing the number of American troops.
Trump has questioned why after 16 years America is still at war in Afghanistan.
He campaigned on rejecting the interventionist foreign policy of the past 16 years and has tried to put his America First foreign policy into place.
His nationalist foreign policy played a large part in winning the election.
But the Washington establishment is not going to take “no” for an answer.
Now critics argue McMaster is working on behalf of the establishment to sabotage Trump’s foreign policy by purging his most loyal allies from the administration.
Not only will this eliminate voices advocating for Trump’s agenda, but it will allow McMaster to control the flow of information to the President on national security matters.
We will keep you up to date on any new developments in this story.