Aug 5, 2017

Trump sides with McMaster amid conservative backlash

Susan Walsh / AP

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster has been repeatedly attacked the last few weeks, as pro-Trump conservatives aren't convinced his views align with Trump's. But Trump has come to his defense as things got more intense — #FireMcMaster was trending on Twitter and many Russia-linked accounts and conservative websites, like Breitbart, have openly attacked him.

  • "General McMaster and I are working very well together," Trump told NYT in an emailed statement. "He is a good man and very pro-Israel. I am grateful for the work he continues to do serving our country."
  • McMaster has shaken up the National Security Council in the last few weeks, which has enraged Steve Bannon's supporters.
  • Bottom line: The attacks against McMaster have actually rallied the White House together — from Jared Kushner to top WH officials, everyone is, more or less, coming to McMaster's defense.
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