Trump has reportedly decided to remove H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser, putting Trump in the position of choosing his third national security adviser in just 14 months.
Citing five sources from within the administration, the Washington Post reported Thursday night that Trump is now weighing replacements for McMaster, who took over as national security adviser after Michael Flynn was fired for lying to White House officials about his contacts with Russia.
According to the Post, Trump “has complained that McMaster is too rigid and that his briefings go on too long and seem irrelevant.”
Apparently, doing your job too well is grounds for dismissal in the Trump White House.
The report of McMaster’s impending ouster comes just hours after McMaster proposed “serious political and economic consequences” on Russia for being complicit in “atrocities” in Syria and for carrying out an “abhorrent nerve agent attack” on a former Russian spy in Britain.
Trump’s decision to fire McMaster also comes just two days after Trump impulsively fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Shortly after tweeting out an announcement that he had replaced Tillerson with controversial CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Trump suggested that more ousters were coming as he works to surround himself with loyalists who don’t challenge his leadership style or policies.
“I’m really at a point where we’re getting very close to having the Cabinet and other things that I want,” an unleashed Trump told reporters on Tuesday.
According to the Post, Trump is considering several potential replacements for McMaster, including John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and Keith Kellogg, the chief of staff of the National Security Council.
Based on the report, it appears that being qualified is not a prerequisite for the job — but being “fun” and “good on television” are.
“Kellogg travels with Trump on many domestic trips, in part because the president likes his company and thinks he is fun,” the Post reported.
“Bolton has met with Trump several times and often agrees with the president’s instincts,” according to Post. “Trump also thinks Bolton, who regularly praises the president on Fox News Channel, is good on television.”
The Post report, which is based on interviews with 19 presidential advisers and administration officials, describes a White House in total chaos, with aides “openly joking about whose career might end with the next presidential tweet.”
“Some White House officials have begun betting about which staffer will be ousted next,” the Post reported.
Trump, who pledged to “make America great again,” has not only failed to keep that promise, but is now actively working to purge his “best people” and make America resemble the dumpster fire that has become the White House.