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White House: No personnel changes imminent

White House: No personnel changes imminent

Other senior White House officials carried a similar message to their employees Friday, telling more junior staffers that reports of a big shake-up happening imminently are likely overrated.

The feeling of unease has been pervasive, though, with one White House official acknowledging "the scariest part about working here" is that no one ever knows what's going to happen or who will be next.

President Trump has made a decision to remove H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser and is actively discussing potential replacements, according to five people with knowledge of the plans, preparing to deliver yet another jolt to the senior ranks of his administration.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Mr. Kelly spoke with White House staff and assured them that there were "no immediate personnel changes at this time".

Trump was said to be deeply irritated and to have considered firing Kelly over the negative publicity surrounding his handling of the controversy over ousted White House aide Rob Porter, who was accused of domestic abuse.

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McMaster is Trump's second national security adviser, succeeding Michael Flynn who was dismissed a year ago for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States. "Congratulations to all!" Trump added in a tweet. He has, at times, even teased his upcoming staff decisions with a "we'll see".

Secretary of Veterans' Affairs David Shulkin remains the most vulnerable Cabinet member, two officials believe, given the continued focus on his ethics violations and a damning inspector general's report the faulted his spending on a 2017 official trip to Europe. A campaign supporter of Trump's, Pompeo developed a strong personal relationship with the president by regularly attending his daily intelligence briefing.

The president and McMaster have disagreed on a number of issues - including the Iran deal and the US approach to North Korea - and the national security adviser has also clashed with Kelly and Defense Secretary James Mattis, according to the officials. Wouldn't it be fun, he told an associate, to revive his hit NBC reality show "The Apprentice" inside the White House, using his own staffers as the contestants and the West Wing as his board room?

Trump chafes at McMaster's demeanor, complaining that his aide lectures him, according to three current and former administration officials.

Kelly looked to tamp down on those rumors after a prolonged meeting with the President this week. Kelly has also worn on the president, confidants of the president said.


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