Report: Trump has called National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster ‘a pain’
President Trump has reportedly complained about his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, including calling him "a pain."
On Tuesday, the New York Times released a report which states that "Mr. Trump, who still openly laments having to dismiss his first national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, has groused that General McMaster talks too much in meetings, and the president has referred to him as 'a pain,' according to one of the officials."
It also says that during meetings with foreign leaders, "General McMaster, in particular, has tried to insert caveats or gentle corrections into conversations when he believes the president is straying off topic or onto boggy diplomatic ground."
According to a Bloomberg report from last week, the friction between the two men has been apparent to others inside the White House. In fact, unnamed inside sources told the media outlet that Trump has yelled at or complained about McMaster on multiple occasions.
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The piece also says that Trump is "disillusioned" with McMaster because he "has failed to read the president — by not giving him a chance to ask questions during briefings, at times even lecturing Trump."
These leaks and others may be the work of administration officials who want the national security adviser gone.
A Foreign Policy magazine report states that "the effort to damage McMaster comes as the Trump administration decides what its policy should be in Afghanistan, a debate that's pitting McMaster against Steve Bannon, Trump's chief strategist."
Despite the alleged conflict, McMaster has been speaking out on behalf of the administration which is facing backlash over Trump's controversial decision to relay sensitive information to visiting Russian officials, notes NBC News.
McMaster says he was in the room when the disclosure happened and has called Trump's remarks "wholly appropriate" and "consistent with the routine sharing of information between the president and any leader with whom he's engaged."