White House aides planned to announce McMaster with other departures: report

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Trump cites tax cuts over judges as having biggest impact of his presidency Ocasio-Cortez claps back at Trump after he cites her in tweet rejecting impeachment MORE’s announcement Thursday afternoon that he was replacing national security adviser H.R. McMaster with former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton reportedly ruined White House aides' plans to announce multiple administration departures at once. 

Politico reported that White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE and other senior aides were waiting for potentially bruising inspector general reports on Veteran Affairs Secretary David ShulkinDavid Jonathon ShulkinTrump sent policy pitch from Mar-a-Lago member to VA secretary: report Is a presidential appointment worth the risk? It’s time to end the scare tactics and get to work for our veterans MORE and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonMoulton confirms he'll miss first Democratic debate Moulton confirms he'll miss first Democratic debate Lawmakers battle over HUD protections for homeless transgender people MORE.

The White House planned to then announce the departure of McMaster and other top aides at once, Politico reported.

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However, White House officials were caught off guard when Trump tweeted late Thursday afternoon that Bolton would replace McMaster, effective April 9.

Bolton, who was seen visiting the White House on Thursday, is slated to become Trump's third national security adviser.

McMaster's ouster is the latest in a string of high-profile departures from the Trump administration.

Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonBolton says Russia, China seeking to promote discord in Trump administration Bolton says Russia, China seeking to promote discord in Trump administration Trump's nastiest break-ups: A look at the president's most fiery feuds MORE was pushed out last week, and top economic adviser Gary CohnGary David CohnTrump officials slow-walk president's order to cut off Central American aid: report John Kelly had to break up argument between US trade officials: report The Hill's Morning Report — Dem ire at Barr intensifies MORE resigned earlier this month.

Shulkin is facing intense scrutiny following an inspector general report that found he misspent taxpayer money on lavish travel for himself and his wife.

Similarly, Carson has faced criticism after it was reported his department spent $31,000 on a dining set for his office. Carson returned the furniture and seemed to suggest his wife was to blame for the purchase.