National Security Council aide dismissed after criticizing Trump: report

National Security Council aide dismissed after criticizing Trump: report
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The White House dismissed a senior National Security Council aide on Friday after revelations that he fiercely criticized President Trump and his administration, Politico reported.

Craig Deare, the NSC’s senior director for Western Hemisphere Affairs, allegedly ripped the Trump administration at an off-the-record event hosted by the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson Center, directing his ire at the chaotic nature of the Trump White House, as well as Trump and White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon.

Deare also voiced frustration that senior national security aides do not have a direct line to the president, according to Politico. A National Security Council spokesman said the White House does not discuss personnel issues.


Deare’s ousting is the latest shake up on the president’s national security team.

National security adviser Michael Flynn resigned on Monday amid revelations that he discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador and misled Vice President Pence about the nature of the conversations.

Trump’s choice to replace Flynn, retired Vice Adm. Robert Harward, also turned down the job offer this week, citing family and professional commitments.

The president is interviewing candidates to become his national security adviser this weekend during a trip to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.