"I was upset while I was there in seeing how empowered Obama holdovers under McMaster were to essentially perpetuate Obama-era policies", another former official told TheDCNF.
"This memo McMaster sent to Rice makes it so that she doesn't have to prove a continuing "need-to-know" to have access to classified information and in effect is a White House pardon of Susan Rice and could be used by other Obama officials who conducted targeted unmasking of the campaign as a defense", the official added.
White House insiders told the Washington Free Beacon that "more purges are said to be on the way", including "at least four other senior NSC officials McMaster intends to target".
Nearly one month after Lake broke that story, McMaster appears to have sent a letter to Rice informing her that she could maintain her security clearance, according to the conservative news outlet Circa, which obtained a copy of the letter.
McMaster is now involved in a power struggle within the Trump administration, facing off against the far-right wing headed by senior adviser Steve Bannon, who is attempting to bring about McMaster's resignation.
McMaster also reportedly backs the U.S.'s continued support of the Iran nuclear deal while Bannon and White House deputy assistant Sebastian Gorka are vocal opponents of the 2015 agreement.
McMaster's various moves have been noticed by Trump's base, with #FireMcMaster becoming a trending hashtag on Twitter, and a regular topic on conservative news sites - including Breitbart News.
"I have great respect for my people".
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"Everything the president wants to do, McMaster opposes", a former senior official said in a wide-ranging interview. His allies hope Kelly's arrival in the West Wing, and his insistence on adhering to a rigid chain of command, will reinforce McMaster's authority among the national security ranks.
Rice has come under fire for her alleged role in "unmasking" Trump associates during the 2016 presidential election.
Guest host Dana Perino asked if McMaster is on thin ice at the White House.
Rice's security clearance should have been limited to congressional testimony only or revoked until the end of the investigation, White House officials told Circa. Another Flynn appointee, Retired Col. Derek Harvey, was removed from his post last week.
Director of the Middle East. Trump proudly signed the order as part of his first several months of what he bragged was "passing legislation". He has mandated that all of Trump's aides, including members of his family, report through him, a bid to manage the stream of information to the President. "A different discipline", said Mick Mulvaney, the director of Trump's Office of Management and Budget.
This odd couple remains together, for the time being.
In a recent Situation Room meeting, the President - who is frustrated by his options in Afghanistan - raised the idea of firing the top USA commander in Afghanistan and replacing him with General McMaster, according to officials with knowledge of the discussion.
Those individuals were responsible for politicizing USA national security policy, critics say. That's just not what he does. A lot of that comes from the fact that they've been in battle and know what it takes to take to the hilt.