July 27, 2017

UPON NOT KNOWING YOUR ALLIES:

Derek Harvey Out at NSC (STEPHEN F. HAYES and MICHAEL WARREN, 7/27/17, Weekly Standard)

 Two sources tell TWS that Harvey's departure is not a direct result of the internecine staff fighting, but he was viewed by some top Trump aides as too close to Steve Bannon.

Harvey holds hawkish views on the threat from Iran and global jihadism, but he does not share Bannon's non-interventionist views. Harvey was a strong, behind-the-scenes advocate of Trump's decision to strike Syria in response to Bashar al Assad's use of chemical weapons and he was driving a more aggressive approach to Iran than that of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James Mattis. Sources tell TWS that Mattis, in particular, had disagreements with Harvey and that he raised the issue with National Security Adviser HR McMaster. McMaster met with Harvey this morning to deliver the news.

Posted by at July 27, 2017 2:02 PM

  

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