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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMarine unit in Florida reportedly pushing to hold annual ball at Trump property Giuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it 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 ShulkinPress: Acosta, latest to walk the plank Senior Trump administration official to leave post next week Trump sent policy pitch from Mar-a-Lago member to VA secretary: report MORE and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonBen Carson's remarks during San Francisco visit spark backlash Democrats blast HUD for removing LGBT language from grant competition Senior HUD official reprimanded for making political statements on the job MORE.

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


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 TillersonTillerson: Netanyahu 'played' Trump with misinformation Pompeo sees status grow with Bolton exit Trump blasts 'Mr. Tough Guy' Bolton: 'He made some very big mistakes' MORE was pushed out last week, and top economic adviser Gary CohnGary David CohnTrump says US will hit China with new round of tariffs next month Gary Cohn bemoans 'dramatic impact' of Trump tariffs Press: Acosta, latest to walk the plank 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.