Israeli officials say under-fire McMaster a great friend of Israel

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White House aides said they do not know if the purge list represented a genuine plan by a newly-empowered McMaster to root out more staffers or a ruse by pro-Trump activists created to sound the alarm about McMaster's perceived intent to clean house.

U.S. President Donald Trump's doubts about the war in Afghanistan has led to a delay in completing a new U.S. strategy in South Asia, skepticism that included a suggestion that the U.S. military commander in the region be fired, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.

"It's a macro question as to whether the US, this administration, and this president are committed to staying", an unnamed senior administration official told the paper.

Conservative outrage has grown after it was revealed McMaster allowed Susan Rice, President Obama's National Security Advisor, to keep her security clearance. You know, across the board, we want to get rid of the Iran deal - McMaster doesn't. "He is a good man and very pro-Israel", Trump said in a statement Friday night.

Contradictory attacks accused McMaster of both being controlled by Jews, and not being sufficiently supportive of Israel. "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.

The president says, "I am grateful for the work he continues to do serving our country".

Cohen-Watnick was a protege of Trump's initial national security adviser, Michael Flynn, having worked for him at the Pentagon's intelligence shop. Then again, no one who isn't related to the president is ever safe in this White House, and it seems clear that Trump remains antsy about McMaster, but that, for now at least, he is more fond of McMaster than he is of feeling forced to fire him.

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"He has determined that, at this time, a different set of experiences is best-suited to carrying that work forward", a statement released by the White House said of Cohen-Watnick's release.

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 stepped in to replace Flynn after he was ousted in February following reports that he mislead White House officials on his past conversations with Kremlin officials.

According to the Times, Cohen-Watnick started to review highly classified information after Trump posted his tweet in a bid to substantiate it.

Last Thursday, Derek Harvey, senior director for the Middle East, was kicked off the NSC after complaints directly from Secretary of Defense James Mattis, a McMaster ally.

Rich Higgins - a former member of the Pentagon, head of strategy.

"The goal was to give the president the idea that Afghanistan was not this hopeless place", an official said - but those efforts reportedly did not reverse Trump's pessimism. The deal trades sanctions relief for a rollback of Iran's nuclear program. Trump wants to deal with the Islam issue, McMaster doesn't.