Cohen-Watnick, Senior Director For Intelligence on the National Security Council was brought to the Trump staff by Gen. Michael Flynn.
Not good. Cohen-Watnick was the one who blew the whistle on the Susan Rice unmasking scandal. Derek Harvey was the canary in the coal mine! https://t.co/Zn2dsoPDoT
— Newt-Trump Fan Club (@NewtTrump) August 2, 2017
Source: Conservative Review
National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster has, in the past, attempted to rid the council of Cohen-Watnick, but was overruled by President Trump, Steve Bannon, and Jared Kushner.
He has been described as an “Iran hawk” who wanted to revamp counter-Iran efforts in the Middle East, and sought to reform the intelligence community to rein in the “deep state” of unaccountable bureaucrats with rogue agendas.
Cohen-Watnick is the latest Trump loyalist to be fired by Gen. McMaster, whose security council continues to be overwhelmingly staffed with Obama holdovers (almost all of whom have retained their positions).
In the past, McMaster has refused to fire the Obama holdovers. Now-fired Middle East NSC director Derek Harvey compiled a list of Obama holdovers and took that list directly to the president, who requested that McMaster follow through with Harvey’s recommendations. McMaster outright refused.
Under McMaster, the National Security Council has leaked classified information at an unprecedented rate, leading Congress to issue a report warning about its ramifications.
!!!! This is Big. Trump personally stepped in to protect Cohen-Watnick after Flynn was ousted in January. https://t.co/DkwkQaOFtD
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) August 2, 2017
Ezra Cohen-Watnick, sr. director for intelligence on the NSC, has been fired, suggesting Kelly is cleaning house.
— Kate Brannen (@K8brannen) August 2, 2017
Derek Harvey, Ezra Cohen-Watnick, Rich Higgins, all Flynn appointments who got fired by NSA McMaster in last 7 days https://t.co/jD5WmUQxY8
— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) August 2, 2017
The Scaramucci purge has been superseded by the Kelly-McMaster purge. https://t.co/JTvvpal2y2
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) August 2, 2017
I know Gen McMaster fired Ezra Cohen-Watnick but he didn't do it till Gen Kelly took over as Chief of Staff. https://t.co/AVmNMBGBeX
— @Joellimoguy (@joelleshay1) August 2, 2017
I would guess Trump had to have signed off on this since he was the one that initially saved Cohen-Watnick’s job a couple of months ago.
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