Its surprising how much you can accomplish if you don't care who gets the credit
The news of the week is that Trump's second pick as national security adviser, Army lieutenant general McMaster, has kicked Steve Bannon off the National Security Council. The W.H. is spinning it to the effect that Bannon's job there is over, since he doesn't need to keep an eye on Flynn. Or because Susan Rice has been outed. Or something. There's a lot more to this story, with McMaster emerging with more power. This is not good news.
The Deep State operatives in the Obama administration knew what they were doing when they targeted retired lieutenant general Mike Flynn, President Trump's first pick as national security adviser. Flynn was one of the strongest, most honest voices in Washington on the threat of Islam's jihadi ambitions. Although President Trump declared what happened to Flynn "very unfair," he fired him anyway and appointed Lt. Gen. McMaster, a Bush-Obama squish on Islam.
McMaster's first act on heading the Trump national security team was to order staff not to use the term "radical Islamic terror." He claims that ISIS is "un-Islamic." And he even urged President Trump not to say the words "radical Islamic terrorism" in his speech before Congress. Trump ignored the advice.
McMaster and Bannon clashed big in mid-March, with Bannon and Jared Kushner winning that round.
Perhaps part of the answer is here – the Deep State at the CIA is working to push out Trump's anti-jihad appointees and replace them with Obama holdovers. McMaster is cooperating.
From the Weekly Standard, as reported on Frontpagemag.com, about that clash three weeks ago:
Over the weekend, a personnel dispute within the National Security Council between the national security advisor, H.R. McMaster, and senior White House aides Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon was eventually brought to President Trump himself. As Politico reported Tuesday evening, Trump overruled McMaster, who had sought to move the NSC's senior director of intelligence programs to another position, reportedly after "weeks of pressure from career officials at the CIA." Some of those CIA officials, THE WEEKLY STANDARD has learned, were pushing for one of their own to take the job in Trump's White House.