A super PAC created by President Trump's new national security adviser John Bolton was one of the earliest us clients of the now-embattled data company Cambridge Analytica, which targeted voters to help boost Bolton's national security agenda, records show. The president was unhappy with McMaster's style and personality: The national security adviser was said to be prone to lectures, gruff and condescending, and did not give Trump options that the president wanted.
The White House said McMaster's exit had been under discussion for some time and stressed it was not due to any one incident, including this week's stunning leak about Trump's recent phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Officials said Trump's goal is to have his new security team in place before he meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. "This was not related to any one moment or incident, rather it was the result of ongoing conversations between the two".
"I am very thankful for the service of General H R McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend", Trump said. "There will be an official contact handover on 4/19". "The good thing about John Bolton, President Trump's new national security adviser, is that he says what he thinks".
And last but most relevant, Bolton's appointment could threaten that which President Trump holds most dear: the adoration of his base.
As he confronts matters of war and peace with North Korea and Iran, Trump is bringing in an adviser likely to magnify many of his own instinctive qualities: hard-hitting, fiercely nationalistic and eager to confront USA adversaries.
After weeks of speculation about General McMaster's future, Mr. Trump and the respected three-star general put a positive face on the Thursday departure, making no reference to the growing public friction between them.
But the former president said that he is afraid Bolton's "influence on President Trump will be deleterious to our country". Bolton has been completely opposed to nuclear proliferation of the Iranian state for years, dating back to his time in the George W. Bush Administration in his hunt to deter the nation from securing weapons of mass destruction.
And so Bolton was forced to bide his time, and for the next 14 months re-auditioned for the administration from his perch at the Fox News Channel.
Pompeo echoes Bolton. He wants to roll back "the disastrous deal" with Iran, and said a year ago, on Fox News, that the only diplomatic option left with North Korea was "to end the regime". Walking in to the White House?
"General McMaster forgot to say that the results of the 2016 election were not impacted or changed by the Russians and that the only Collusion was between Russia and Crooked H, the DNC and the Dems", Trump tweeted February 17, alluding to frequent GOP allegations of impropriety by Democrats and Hillary Clinton. Shortly after the November 2016 election, he was interviewed by Trump for the position of secretary of state, but was reportedly denied the job because the president did not quite like the cut of his jib (or, more precisely, his mustache).
Several sources told CNN that the decision came after months of personal tension between McMaster and Trump.
Garrett Marquis, a spokesman for Bolton, said on Sunday that Bolton "doesn't respond to propaganda from a government long included on the United States' list of state sponsors of terrorism."There was no immediate comment from the White House".
Trump and Bolton also have volatile tempers and a tendency to want to fire those who challenge them.