– Tom Mckay, “Donald Trump fires senior national security staffer for criticizing him,” Policy, Mic Network, Feb. 19, 2017
INTELLIGENCE/NATIONAL SECURITY/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A senior National Security Council staffer has been fired over his criticism of President Donald Trump’s administration.
According to the Associated Press, ‘current and former administration officials’ said Western Hemisphere division chief Craig Deare was terminated following remarks he made Thursday at a private talk at the Wilson Center, a D.C.-based think tank. One source told the Associated Press that Deare criticized Trump’s Latin American policies — particularly his relations with Mexico, which Trump has promised to physically separate from the United States with a massive border wall.
Deare reportedly ‘openly expressed frustration over being cut out of most of the policy discussions about Mexico,’ indicating that rumors of a sort-of shadow council formed by former Breitbart chief executive and recent NSC appointee Stephen Bannon might not be far off the mark. According to one source, Deare confirmed reports that Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has significant influence over foreign policy and has worked with Bannon to design strategy in isolation from NSC directorates.”