President Trump promised to shake things up when he got in office, and that’s exactly what he’s doing. After a slew of requested resignations, the next individual to reach the chopping block was none other than National Security Adviser K.T. McFarland.
Details about the request emerged in a Bloomberg report, where it was made clear that the adviser would remain in the position for the interim until someone else could take her place. McFarland spent just three months on the job, and at 65, she is far from the oldest person to serve in the role.
The POTUS won’t be the one to choose the new adviser. Contrary to popular belief, it will be National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster who nominates her successor. Early information suggests that the two may have disagreed on many points of the job — enough so that Trump clearly felt as if the clashes between McFarland and McMaster were serious enough to jeopardize national security.
Some have pointed out that the move may be an attempt by Trump to maintain only security advisers he believes are worthy of his trust: those who will support his decisions no matter how strange or unwise they may seem.
Others, including McMaster, believe that the move is simply indicative of Trump’s desire to tighten up national security and keep a close inner circle.
McFarland isn’t the only resignation requested as of recent days. Bannon, too, was removed from his position, and will be posted elsewhere. McFarland will be heading to Singapore, where she will serve as an Ambassador for the United States.
McMaster explained away the removals by pointing out the importance of keeping permanent members close.
“I think what the president was doing was making clear that he is going – in terms of permanent membership on the National Security Council – to have those permanent members who are there for every meeting … to be those who will give him their advice on the long-term interests of the American people.”
Are Trump’s adjustments coming from a vested interest in national security? Or is it possible that he’s simply picking and choosing the people who will support his wishes? And if it is the latter, is it possible that Trump’s shake-up could be considered an abuse of power? Or is the new POTUS simply the first who’s been willing to attack the problem of clashes at the top head-on? Let us know in the comments.