National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and President Donald Trump
Recently, Mr. Trump threatened to kill a free trade agreement with South Korea if it didn’t reimburse the U.S. for defense purposes. Mr. Trump demanded a billion dollars from the South Korean government, a move called”shameless” by a foreign policy expert who spoke to CNN.
Following Mr. Trump’s threat, the National Security Adviser called his South Korean counterpart to explain that Mr. Trump’s threat was not actual U.S. policy.
News of this phone call apparently made Mr. Trump furious.
“Trump was livid, according to three White House officials, after reading in the Wall Street Journal that McMaster had called his South Korean counterpart to assure him that the president’s threat to make that country pay for a new missile defense system was not official policy. These officials say Trump screamed at McMaster on a phone call, accusing him of undercutting efforts to get South Korea to pay its fair share.”
Mr. McMaster, the President’s second National Security Adviser in just four months in office, has gotten on Mr. Trump’s nerves due to his tendency to lecture him at national security meetings.
While the National Security Adviser possesses a sterling bi-partisan reputation as a scholar-warrior, Mr. McMaster lacks any natural constituency in the White House.
Stephen Bannon, the President’s senior strategist, supposedly considers the National Security Adviser to be a globalist, the worst thing to be in that man’s world view.
The President’s Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus, perhaps trying to curry favor with his boss, is intentionally blocking one of the National Security Adviser’s appointments.