Former Defense Secretary James Mattis reportedly called President Donald Trump's former national security adviser an "unstable asshole" during a 2017 conference call following a North Korean missile test, the Washington Examiner reported on Friday.

President Donald Trump named then-Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his national security advisor in February 2017. At the time, McMaster was viewed as a possible stabilizing force in the White House, coming after his predecessor retired Army Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn imploded after only 24 days on the job.

But an unnamed former White House official told the Examiner that McMaster favored attacking Iran and intervening in Syria, putting him at odds with Mattis.

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While President Donald Trump unveiled his plan on the US's role in Afghanistan, much of which is still shrouded in secrecy, his senior advisers reportedly employed a novel approach to help persuade him in making his final decision, according to aWashington Post report Monday.

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President Donald Trump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, addressed heightening tensions between the US and Russia, as well as Trump's understanding of the threat Russia poses, during an interview with MSNBC's Hugh Hewitt that aired on Sunday.

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U.S. Navy/Chief Mass Communication Specialist James E. Foehl

Allies of White House chief strategist Steve Bannon intensified their battle against national security adviser H.R. McMaster this week as McMaster began asserting more control over the National Security Council and fired officials appointed by his immediate predecessor, Michael Flynn.

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The White House national security adviser again denied that President Donald Trump improperly shared classified information with Russian diplomats in an Oval Office meeting last week, seeking to quell growing criticism of Trump’s reported disclosure.

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The White House, already embroiled in a self-inflicted crisis, lurched into a new one Monday as administration officials and members of Congress reacted to reports that President Donald Trump had shared highly classified intelligence with visiting Russian officials in the Oval Office.

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