WH's Sanders: McMaster’s 'not going anywhere'

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders sought on Friday to dispel reports that national security adviser H.R. McMaster could be replaced as soon as this month.

"Look, Gen. McMaster's not going anywhere," Sanders said on "Fox & Friends."

"As the president said yesterday in the Oval Office to a number of people, he thinks he's doing a great job," she said. "He's glad he's here."

Sanders's comments came after NBC News reported Thursday that White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE and Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisThreatening foreign states with sanctions can backfire Overnight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families Amazon to challenge Pentagon's 'war cloud' decision in federal court MORE are working on a plan to replace McMaster.


White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah said Thursday that the Trump administration had no announcements regarding McMaster's possible departure from the White House, but stopped short of an outright denial of the report.

"We frequently face rumor and innuendo about senior administration officials," he said in a statement. "There are no personnel announcements at this time."

McMaster stepped into the national security adviser role in February 2017, shortly after President TrumpDonald John TrumpStates slashed 4,400 environmental agency jobs in past decade: study Biden hammers Trump over video of world leaders mocking him Iran building hidden arsenal of short-range ballistic missiles in Iraq: report MORE's first national security adviser Michael Flynn was ousted amid revelations that he lied to Vice President Pence and others about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

But McMaster, an Army lieutenant general, has often found himself at odds with Trump, and media reports have indicated clashes between the men.

Trump rebuked McMaster last month after the national security adviser said the evidence that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election was "incontrovertible."

"General McMaster forgot to say that the results of the 2016 election were not impacted or changed by the Russians and that the only Collusion was between Russia and Crooked H, the DNC and the Dems," Trump tweeted.