Cornered Trump picks General H R McMaster as National Security Adviser as calls grow for Steve Bannon to be eliminated


Donald  Trump announced yesterday that Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster, an ally of General James Mattis and David Petraeus, would be his new national security adviser.

Keith Kellogg, a retired U.S. Army General who has been serving as the acting national security adviser, will remain chief of staff to the National Security Council.

It is not clear if McMaster will be able to bring in his own staff.

Specifically, it is not clear if he can get rid of Steve Bannon and the people appointed by Michael Flynn.

A remarkable cross party consensus is emerging that Bannon and his pack are a menace.

Former Obama national security adviser Susan E. Rice on Monday urged McMaster to get rid of a national security wing led by presidential strategist Stephen Bannon.

“Hope you will be able to choose your team, have direct reporting and daily access to POTUS, and can eliminate Strategic Initiatives Group,” Ms. Rice wrote on Twitter.


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