The White House has sought to dispel reports that National Security Adviser Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster could be fired by President Donald Trump as early as this month.
“Look, Gen. McMaster’s not going anywhere,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told Fox News on Friday.
“As the president said yesterday in the Oval Office to a number of people, he thinks he’s doing a great job. He’s glad he’s here.”
The White House response came after reports said on Thursday that White House chief of staff John Kelly and Defense Secretary James Mattis are planning to replace McMaster, whose relations with Trump have been strained over months.
According to some people familiar with the discussions, a leading candidate is expected to become the next national security adviser is the auto industry executive Stephen Biegun, who currently serves as vice president of international governmental affairs for the Ford Motor Company.
White House deputy…