In recent weeks, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster has been forced to act as a Trump spokesperson rather than as his national security adviser—first, when he publicly excused Trump’s inappropriate sharing of classified intelligence with two Russian officials in the Oval Office; next, when he was asked to explain Trump’s goals, from Saudi Arabia to NATO, during the president’s first foreign trip, reports The Daily Beast.
“A growing cadre of former military officers who served with Trump National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster are quietly calling for him to retire from service, worried the embattled Trump administration is tarnishing the U.S. military’s reputation,” says The Daily Beast.
In fact, ever since the firing of FBI Director James Comey, the general has been playing clean-up, full-time, defending the White House’s focus on intelligence leaks and downplaying the significance of the president’s son-in-law’s secret and unreported meetings with Russian spies and bankers close to Putin during the presidential campaign and before Trump’s inauguration.
“If he didn’t have three stars on his shoulder, he’d be useless to them. It’s the worst of all outcomes for him. He’s got this miserable interagency process and then gets trotted out to defend the most inane and corrupting things,” an unnamed adviser told The Daily Beast.