April 24, 2018

White House says no more staff changes coming

19 March 2018, 12:22 | Simon Arnold

McMaster Brushes Off Question On Reports He's Leaving Administration

Kelly tries to reassure White House staffers: No more personnel moves for now

The firing of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and if President Donald Trump removes H.R. McMaster as national security adviser could impact major hydrocarbon producers Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Russian Federation, leading to a boost in crude oil prices.

But Mr Trump's frustration also included cabinet members hit by sleaze allegations and White House aides who have got on his nerves, according to numerous U.S. media reports.

US President Donald Trump has chose to sack National Security Advisor HR McMaster, in what would be the latest in a string of high-profile White House departures, The Washington Post reported Thursday.

However, the White House denied that changes are on the horizon for the National Security Council.

Mr Kelly himself is the subject of rumours that his days on the job are numbered.

'They wrote a story about staff changes today that was very false, ' Trump said, without singling out any news outlet.

Trump abruptly dismissed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday.

Gary Cohn, a former president of investment bank Goldman Sachs, resigned as Trump's top economic advisor on March 6, 2018 in protest against the president's decision to levy new global trade tariffs.

Kelly urged aides during a senior staff meeting to focus on their work, rather than the rampant rumors about another staff shake-up in the West Wing, two officials said.

Sources say Trump and Tillerson never got on.

Jeff Sessions is also on Trump's list of targets.

Junior-level aides were particularly troubled by the abrupt exit this week of Mr Trump's personal assistant John McEntee, who was removed from his job and escorted off White House grounds - then quickly handed a job on Mr Trump's re-election campaign.

In private conversations in recent weeks, Trump has reflected on his desire to reshape the administration.

President Trump said Thursday in the Oval Office that news reports of a coming mass exodus from his White House are 'very false'.

McMaster did meet with President Trump at the White House on Friday.

Trump and McMaster were also in meetings together on Friday, the press secretary added.

The president also recently told an ally that he was still frustrated by an interview that Kelly gave to Fox News almost two months ago in which he suggested that Trump had "evolved" in his thinking about the need for a wall on the Mexican border.

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