Skip to comments.Top Trump Adviser on Middle East Fired From National Security Council
Posted on 07/31/2017 11:12:19 AM PDT by SJackson
Derek Harvey, a top adviser on the Middle East to President Donald Trump, was fired from the National Security Council on Thursday.
Harvey's departure comes amid speculation about major shake-ups at the White House, the Weekly Standard reports. These shake-ups include possible conflicts between Trump and both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Two sources told the Standard that Harvey's departure was not a direct product of staff fighting, but that several top administration members saw Harvey as too close to White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon.
Harvey was apparently a strong advocate of Trump's decision to bomb a Syrian airfield in April in retaliation for the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad using chemical weapons on civilians days earlier. Harvey also supported a more bellicose Iran strategy than either Tillerson or Secretary of Defense James Mattis.
Mattis, in particular, had strong disagreements with Harvey. Sources told the Standard that Mattis raised his concerns with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, who was the one to fire Harvey on Thursday morning.
Harvey, a long-time intelligence professional with wide knowledge of the Middle East, played a critical role in the administration's Iran, Syria, and Iraq policies. He has extensive experience as an intelligence officer and analyst for the military, embassies, and the Defense Intelligence Agency.
He is also known for recognizing the growing threat of the Iraqi insurgency following the U.S. invasion in 2003, and as a key ally of retired Gen. David Petraeus in executing the surge in Iraq. Petraeus has called Harvey his "favorite intelligence officer."
"General McMaster greatly appreciates Derek Harvey's service to his country as a career Army officer, where he served his country bravely in the field and played a crucial role in the successful surge in Iraq, and also for his service on Capitol Hill and in the Trump administration," NSC spokesman Michael Anton said. "The administration is working with Colonel Harvey to identify positions in which his background and expertise can be best utilized."
Harvey may remain in government, and is being considered for both policy and intelligence roles.
Did he have loose lips? or are we just playing musical Trump pawns?
If youd like to be on or off, please FR mail me.
So, what is the real story? I figure and hope anyone being fired is because they leaked information. Really looking for leakers to be outed, fired, convicted, and jailed.
What the hell is a low T progressive doing heading anything of value during a Trump presidency?
Fire his slimy little *ss.
Was he a leaker?..................................
Well, Gregory Burleson just got 68 years for his comment about being hellbent to kill an FBI agent. Judge Navarro remarked, " in some ways a physical injury is better than a mental injury because it scabs, it heals.
The National Security Council is composed of specific institutional heads: National Intelligence Agency, SecState, VP, NSA, SecDef, SecEnergy, President, and various advisors in a secondary role.
Not clear what this guy’s role was.
Anything that the "Weak-kneed Stand-turd" reports gets my B.S. meter jumping around. Bill Kristol-ball's is a POS never-trumper.
Not sure if this is good or bad that Harvey is out. Right now my gut says there's more to this....if the Weak-kneed Stand-turd is reporting it.
And that is applicable to the subject?
Not for you.
Burleson took up arms, was armed, pointed weapon at government law enforcement, made threats. Got what he deserved and should count himself lucky he wasn’t shot and killed. I say the same for him, for Black Lives Matter, for Islamic terrorists. All the same in my book.
A topic is listed under certain conditions in an attempt to concentrate on specific subjects. The intention is not wander around from injustice to injustice. Perhaps you didn’t understand the point.
Your book is not their book, don’t you think?
You’re welcome to send me a ping when someone from the IRS gets 68 years.
I’m not losing sleep over the long prison sentence. Doesn’t bother me, I’m not out pointing guns at law enforcement officers and threatening to kill them. Anyway, what does this have to do with the guy fired at NSA?
You are “looking for leakers to be outed, fired, convicted, and jailed.”
Good luck with that.
Instead, we get Arpaio in contempt of court.
Glad to help.
Another one bites the dust and we still aren’t getting the real story.
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