H.R. McMaster, a former official within the administration of President Donald Trump spoke out on Wednesday against some in the White House who he believes behave in a way that’s detrimental to the interests of the nation.
McMaster served as Trump’s national security adviser from February of 2017 to April of 2018. Although he declined to name any names, McMaster said there are some working around Trump who have their own interests at heart rather than the interests of the American people.
Speaking before a Foundation for Defense of Democracies event on Wednesday, McMaster said divisions within the White House were evident. He could recall, for example, there being three camps of people who surrounded Trump, according to reporting from Politico.
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The first group, of which he said he belonged to, was a number of White House officials whose priority was giving the president honest options and advice on issues that warranted his attention.
“The second group of people…[are those] who are not there to give the president options — they’re there to try to manipulate the situation based on their own agenda, not the president’s agenda,” McMaster said.
There was a third group of people, too, that McMaster warned about — those who “cast themselves in the role of saving the country, even the world, from the president,” he said.
McMaster was actually critical of both groups of which he didn’t belong. “I think those latter two categories of people are actually a danger to the Constitution of the United States,” he said, arguing that even those trying to keep Trump from hurting the country were doing a disservice, as they were not supposed to behave in such a manner.
McMaster’s assessment seems to be legitimate, especially considering that some of Trump’s own White House have spoken out at times about efforts to stop him from taking improper actions.
Last September, for instance, an anonymous writer, claiming to work within Trump’s White House, penned an opinion piece for the New York Times in which they described a small group of people within the executive residence that is actively working to “frustrate parts of [Trump’s] agenda and his worst inclinations.”
“[W]e believe our first duty is to this country, and the president continues to act in a manner that is detrimental to the health of our republic,” the op-ed writer said.