Mattis Once Intervened in Fiery Clash Between McMaster and Bannon Over Leaks
“It’s no secret National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and Chief Strategist Steve Bannon are battling over control of President Trump’s agenda. McMaster is furious with Bannon, accusing him of leaking damaging information about the Globalists to Breitbart News. Things got so bad between the two that Def Sec Mattis had to break them up.
McMaster is fiercely at odds with Steve Bannon, the Trump strategist who was removed from the principals committee of the National Security Council in April after McMaster’s appointment. In mid-July, the two sparred openly, in a widely attended policy meeting about Afghanistan, with McMaster advocating greater U.S. involvement and Bannon arguing for a major pullback.
The dispute got so out of hand, according to a pair of senior White House officials, that Secretary of Defense James Mattis had to intervene to get the discussion back on track.
While he has occasionally clashed with Kushner, the influential son-in-law, has a better relationship with him these days, a White House official with direct knowledge said.
The officials also said that McMaster fumes that he believes Bannon is responsible for leaking negative information about him to the news media — including via Breitbart.com, the far-right news site Bannon ran before joining the Trump campaign in 2016.
Several of the officials, who like others spoke on the condition they not be identified for fear of losing their jobs, said McMaster, who holds a Ph.D. in American history, remains on shaky ground with Trump, who they said wants to keep him — for now.
A spokesman for McMaster declined to address questions about McMaster’s relationship with key White House officials and his plans in the days ahead.
McMaster was hammered in the news today. The Gateway Pundit reported Sara Carter of Circa News revealed National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster granted top Obama official Susan Rice top-secret security clearance.”
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