17 March, 2018
As my colleague Gabe Sherman reported this week, Trump has chose to oust National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, meeting with ultra-hawkish former United Nations ambassador John Bolton as a potential replacement.
"General McMaster is a dedicated public servant, and he is here focused. on some really big issues - things like North Korea, things like Russian Federation, things like Iran", she said.
Mr Trump is said to be considering replacing the general with the former ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, or Keith Kellogg, chief of staff of the National Security Council.
The absence of any formal announcements - or firings by presidential tweet - suggested that the White House was seeking to tamp down the anxiety inside the West Wing and the impression that the Trump administration is gripped by dysfunction. "There will always be change".
While announcing Tillerson's ouster Tuesday, Trump told the media, "I'm really at a point where we're getting very close to having the cabinet and other things that I want".
In recent weeks, McMaster played a central role in responding to messages from South Korea about North Korea's willingness to meet with US officials.
The decision on McMaster is part of a broader reshuffle that the president is also considering and that may include top White House officials, the newspaper added. They are eager to show that someone can serve in the Trump administration without suffering severe damage to his reputation.
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McMaster is not the only senior official on thin ice with the president.
This week, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos drew a slew of negative press coverage when she stumbled through a pair of high-profile television interviews.
It has been speculated that his end game is to get rid of Attorney General Jeff Sessions so he can fire Robert Mueller, the former FBI director investigating Russian links to Trump's campaign.
Trump enjoys watching his subordinates compete for his approval, the officials said.
She said senior staff members passed that message on to others working in the West Wing in an attempt to diminish concerns about the record level of churn in the White House. "I like watching it, I like seeing it, and I think it's the best way to go".
Kelly and Trump are known to clash at times, but the president has repeatedly expressed confidence in his chief of staff, telling a gathering of Marines in San Diego this week that Kelly is "doing a great job".
Lemire contributed from NY.