WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has ordered a substantial reduction in the staff of the National Security Council, according to five people familiar with the plans, as the White House confronts an impeachment inquiry touched off by a whistleblower complaint related to the agency's work.

Some of the people described the staff cuts as part of a White House effort to make its foreign policy arm leaner under new national security adviser Robert O'Brien.

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First Lady Melania Trump wants one of Defense Secretary James Mattis’ rivals in the National Security Council gone.

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It appears that Defense Secretary James Mattis’ archenemy is not ISIS or al-Qaeda. Instead, Mattis’ biggest nemesis is National Security Adviser John Bolton – not to be confused with Michael Bolton.

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

I’ve known H.R. McMaster since he was a major. I’ve known his wife since he was a captain. I am sorry to see his military career end this way.

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U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Hailey D. Clay)

Remember when Michael Jordan tried his hand at professional baseball? I recalled that image when I read an article in the “New York Review of Books” assessing the performance of Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as President Trump’s national security advisor. Everyone is saying today that McMaster's days are numbered, in the single digits.

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Photo via DoD

During a tense July 18 meeting in the White House, the commander-in-chief lambasted Secretary of Defense James Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford over the Pentagon’s approach to the 16-year-old U.S. campaign, several anonymous administration officials told NBC News in an Aug. 2 report.

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