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White House denies security adviser McMaster is departing

Principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah says: "We frequently face rumor and innuendo about senior administration officials. There are no personnel announcements at this time."

By: AP | Washington | Published: March 2, 2018 9:31:21 am
The White House is pushing back against an MSNBC report that President Donald Trump is planning to imminently replace National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster. (File)

The White House is pushing back against an MSNBC report that President Donald Trump is planning to imminently replace National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster.

Principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah says: “We frequently face rumor and innuendo about senior administration officials. There are no personnel announcements at this time.”

The MSNBC report suggests McMaster will soon be replaced by Ford executive Stephen Biegun, who served in the George W. Bush administration. It says the replacement plan was drawn up by Defense Secretary James Mattis and chief of staff John Kelly.

Trump has repeatedly clashed with McMaster, a respected three-star general, most recently over McMaster’s characterization of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Trump took to Twitter to push back against McMaster’s remarks at the Munich Security Summit last month.

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