By: Zack Duvall
During a recent interview National Security Adviser, General H.R. McMaster, took time to blast who he called “narrow-minded” cabinet officials when asked about his thoughts on what many in the media have called “house-cleaning” that has occurred since General John Kelly took over as Chief of Staff.
“The administration is better off when we can serve the president by integrating and coordinating across all of our departments and agencies… and present the president with multiple options. What’s important is to have an inclusive process… not to try and advance your own agenda.” McMaster told CBS this week.
General McMaster quickly removed then chief-strategist to the president, Steven Bannon, from his post on the National Security Council in a move that at the time caused a media outpouring of speculations as to major potential personnel changes within the administration, and caused some to question if President Trump was making a pivot to a more moderate position on key policy issues.
However, when asked about Bannon specifically during the interview, McMaster downplayed that idea that he was the sole or major problem within the White House at the time.
“I think this has been too hyped on one individual. Reports of feuding, this didn’t happen.” He said during the interview.
Bannon resigned from his post at the White House completely last month, although some reports claim that General Kelly terminated Bannon after taking over as Chief of Staff. Bannon is currently back at the media organization he was Chairman of before accepting the job with the Trump team.
Other notable resignations and removals from the Trump administration include General Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign after a media firestorm when it was discovered he concealed ties to Russian officials, Intelligence Expert Ezra Cohen-Watnick, former Press Secretary Sean Spicer, and former Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci.
However, many experts believe that with the appointment of General Kelly a sense of prolonged stability in personnel and administration operation has greatly improved and is evident by how efficient the Trump White House has been in recent weeks.