REPORT: McMaster ‘Protecting and Coddling’ Obama Holdovers In Top White House Positions…(GRRRRRR!!!)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
By Paul Martin

Joshua Caplan
Aug 15th, 2017

According to a new report by the Daily Caller, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, is actively protecting Obama holdovers occupying top White House roles. Dozens of such positions make of a sizable percentage of the National Security Council (NSC) – “nearly one in six.”

Daily Caller reports:

“About 40 of the National Security Council’s (NSC) 250 officials — nearly one in six — are Obama administration holdovers, according to TheDCNF’s analysis. The holdovers include NSC directors for Korea, China, Iran, Pakistan, Egypt, Eastern Europe, Israel-Palestine, South America, North Africa and sub-Sahara Africa. Holdovers also advise on weapons of mass destruction, counterterrorism, non-proliferation, arms control, defense policy, immigration, and homeland preparedness.

It’s been common practice in previous administrations to retain holdovers from an outgoing administration, and nearly all are on loan from other federal agencies. But current and former administration officials tell TheDCNF they are concerned that so many Obama era holdovers are still working at NSC eight months into the Trump administration.

“The problem is the allegiance they have to their former administration and their position and stances on national security,” said Col. James Waurishuk (Ret.), a 30-year veteran senior intelligence official and a former NSC official. “It’s crazy when they represent pretty much 180 degrees of what Trump is trying to do.”

Some blame McMaster for the holdovers. “He has protected and coddled them,” alleged one former NSC staffer who requested anonymity.

Officials on the the NSC who support the president’s agenda are on edge since McMaster dismissed Trump faithfuls Ezra Cohen-Watnick, NSC senior director for intelligence, and Derek Harvey, NSC’s director for the Middle East. McMaster’s deputy, Maj. Gen. Rick Waddell, also fired Richard Higgins, NSC director for strategic planning.

Among the NSC holdovers is Allison Hooker, an architect of former President Barack Obama’s Korean policy. She remains NSC director for Korea as Trump grapples with the worst crisis between the U.S. and North Korea since the 1953 truce that stopped the Korean War.

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