That’s the problem with a revolving door administration – you never know how everybody is going to gel.
According to a new report with the New York Times, President Trump’s decision to burn through another national security adviser to install the third, with barely more than a year into his presidency, may be causing some discomfort with other members of his administration.
Trump sent H.R. McMaster packing on Thursday, only days after ousting Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, in favor of Mike Pompeo.
McMaster was a replacement for Michael Flynn, who was shuttled off after only 3 weeks on the job, after giving misleading statements to the FBI and Vice President Pence over his communications with Russians.
Incoming National Security Adviser John Bolton, however, is reported to be an uncomfortable fit for Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, both retired generals.
Mattis reportedly told staffers he would find it difficult to work with Bolton prior to Trump’s announcement last Thursday that Bolton would replace H.R. McMaster.
Bolton is said to be an unpopular pick with both Mattis and White House chief of staff John Kelly.
It’s not that Bolton is void of qualifications. He served under President George W. Bush as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations. He also served as an undersecretary of State before the Iraq war. He had a focus on preventing the spread of weapons of mass destruction, during that time.
Bolton’s past expressed views on war have some observers stressing and wondering if he will be a good fit as national security adviser, and that may be where Mattis and Kelly’s objections lie.
Whatever the case, nobody is safe in this administration, so maybe they should just keep their heads down and plow forward.