Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Trump’s Defense of McMaster Fails to Quell Tensions

At Free Beacon | by Susan Crabtree

President Trump's defense of Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster's tenure as national security adviser has yet to bridge deep divisions among Republicans over whether he should remain in his influential White House post.

Trump on Friday emailed the New York Times a statement saying the two are "working very well together" and trying to dispel accusations from Trump loyalists that he is anti-Israel. "He is a good man and very pro-Israel," Trump said. "I am grateful for the work he continues to do serving our country.

Over the weekend, McMaster's defenders and Trump loyalists continued squabbling.
McMaster's supporters dismissed criticisms of the veteran general, pointing to recent successes in pushing out Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria and the need to recalibrate U.S. strategy in Afghanistan to prevent it from descending into chaos as Iraq did when President Obama abruptly pulled out U.S. troops.

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