President Donald Trump said late Friday that he and national security adviser H.R. McMaster “work very well together,” vouching for an official who has recently found himself at odds with others in the administration.

“General McMaster and I are working very well together,” the president said in a statement, according to a press pool report. “He is a good man and very pro-Israel. I am grateful for the work he continues to do serving our country.”

The reassurance comes amid reports of infighting between McMaster and other top officials within the Trump administration.

Earlier this week, McMaster ousted top intelligence aide Ezra Cohen-Watnick, a former Michael Flynn hire and a close associate of Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner. The dismissal was one of three recent firings that targeted aides seen as close to Flynn, McMaster’s predecessor as national security adviser.

In recent days, as conservative figures and media outlets have increasingly focused their fire on McMaster, some have questioned the three-star general’s job security.

Prominent right-wing figures like Mike Cernovich and Fox News host Sean Hannity, as well as Breitbart News, the site formerly headed by White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, have recently taken sharply critical views of McMaster.

McMaster, however, was told by new chief of staff John Kelly that he hoped McMaster would continue in his current role, POLITICO reported Thursday. Kelly also encouraged the national security adviser to take steps to adjust his team as he saw fit.

Source: http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/04/trump-mcmaster-national-security-241349

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