US President Donald Trump has decided to fire national security adviser H.R. McMaster, in what would be the latest in a string of high-profile White House departures, The Washington Post reported Thursday.
The newspaper reported that Trump is discussing potential replacements for McMaster, but is willing to take his time because he wants to avoid humiliating him as well as to have a successor ready.
Responding to the report, Spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders wrote on Twitter that Trump and McMaster “have a good working relationship and there are no changes at the NSC.”
Just spoke to @POTUS and Gen. H.R. McMaster – contrary to reports they have a good working relationship and there are no changes at the NSC.
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) March 16, 2018
The report comes just two days after the president fired Rex Tillerson as secretary of state — a move announced on Trump’s Twitter account.
Gary Cohn, Trump’s top economic adviser, resigned earlier this month, and Trump’s White House tenure has also seen the departure of his chief strategist, chief of staff and his first national security adviser, among other officials.
Speculation in recent days has been rampant of a massive overhaul of top administration posts ahead of a planned summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.