03:58US National Security Adviser Allegedly Planning to Resign

"General McMaster is not going anywhere", Sanders declared, adding "As the president said yesterday in the Oval Office to a number of the people, he thinks he is doing a great job and glad he is here".

CNN reported last week, citing a half dozen unnamed administration and defense officials, that McMaster was considering options to return to the military.

NBC News says the move was orchestrated by Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and chief of staff John Kelly.

While the White House did not provide comment, a Ford spokesman said Biegun had "no plans to leave" the company.

The reports suggest possible candidates to replace McMaster. There have been months of strained relations between President Donald Trump and McMaster. They include Stephen Biegun, an auto company executive who once served on the National Security Council staff, and John Bolton, a former USA ambassador to the United Nations.

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Rumors of his departure have persisted for months, but the White House now appears to be actively looking for a replacement. There are no personnel announcements at this time'. Flynn has since pleaded guilty as part of a deal for leniency in exchange for cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

There was discussion in the West Wing about replacing him last fall, but he ultimately survived because officials, including the President himself, were skeptical about the optics of appointing a third national security adviser in less than a year, several sources told CNN.

"McMaster told an audience at the Munich Security Conference in February that Russian Federation had engaged in a "'sophisticated form of espionage" against the U.S.in a futile attempt at disruption.

"General McMaster forgot to say that the results of the 2016 election were not impacted or changed by the Russians and that the only Collusion was between Russia and Crooked H [Hillary Clinton], the DNC [Democratic National Committee] and the Dems", Trump tweeted.

  • Megan Austin