Breaking: Trump responds to campaign to fire H.R. McMaster

Breaking: Trump responds to campaign to fire H.R. McMaster
President Donald Trump shakes hands with US Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, his national security adviser. He put out a statement saying he supported him despite a campaign to fire McMaster. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

President Trump responded to a campaign from his supporters to fire his national security advisor H.R. McMaster late Friday night. He made a statement to the New York Times, who asked him to comment on the social media demand.

“General McMaster and I are working very well together,” he said to The New York Times. “He is a good man and very proIsrael. I am grateful for the work he continues to do serving our country.”

The New York Times added that a senior White House official told them the president has “total confidence” in McMaster.

Breitbart News in particular took aim at McMaster on their front page, with story after story intending to damage the reputation of the three-star general. Trump seemed to directly respond to one article which claimed McMaster was “deeply hostile” to Israel.

Members of the alt-right tweeted under the hashtag “Fire McMaster” in an attempt to pressure the president. Businessman Paul Nehlen, who ran on a Trump-friendly but unsuccessful campaign to unseat Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.), tweeted, “It’s not going to stop. Not until we #FireMcMaster.”

Trump ally and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones posted a video where he promised to “get” McMaster, saying, “We’re going to get McMaster. It doesn’t matter if I’m pushing daisies later, boy! We’re gonna get you in your big fat bald head! So get ready, Get ready we’re never gonna stop you know it!”

Former Breitbart News writer Lee Stranahan joined in the campaign, tweeting, “If #FireMcMaster isn’t trending, it’s because YOU aren’t saying it enough. Support the agenda @realDonaldTrump ran on.”

Fox News’ Sean Hannity tweeted, “What is this? Does H.R. McMaster need to go? Susan Rice? Omg,” in response to a report that McMaster renewed the security clearance for former National Security Advisor Susan Rice in April.

McMaster was best known to the public from his press conference defending Trump from a leaked report in the Washington Post from May that the president had let some classified information slip to the Russians in an official meeting at the White House.

National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster covered for President Donald Trump twice, essentially blowing his credibility. According to Politico, Trump had been called out by the Washington Post for shooting off his mouth about highly classified terrorist threats to visiting Russian dignitaries. McMaster's akward attempts at Trump damage control did nothing to persuade close readers of the Post story that the president hadn't fallen into a bottomless political crevasse--from which there is no rescue. Everyone expected more--and better--from McMaster. After all, he was the one who wrote the book "Dereliction of Duty"--on how a senior officer should not bend in serving the truth to the powerful.