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During an earlier round of Trump discontent with his national security adviser, there was White House talk of providing McMaster, a three-star general, with a soft landing by giving him a fourth star along with a command in a priority area such as Afghanistan or Korea, according to a former senior administration official. Bolton, who said last fall that "the only diplomatic option left" in North Korea was regime change, has tempered his comments during recent appearances as speculation ramps up that he could replace McMaster as national security adviser.

It capped a chaotic morning that saw the Kelly-led White House and the State Department insisting on contrradictory timelines covering when Tillerson learned he would be replaced as America's most senior diplomat. Top economic adviser Gary Cohn and communications director Hope Hicks are leaving the White House in coming weeks.

In recent weeks, the president's top economic adviser has resigned over a policy dispute, the secretary of state he long clashed with was sacked and a slew of top aides headed for the exits.

Sanders, who sent a message on Twitter on Thursday evening denying the account, said she had asked the president about the report in The Washington Post and Trump said it was not accurate.

Kelly also hinted that numerous rumors of cabinet members up on the chopping block, could have been spread by Trump himself, Axios reported. Kelly has since said that Tillerson was on the toilet during the call.

The President's penchant for television is so obvious that West Wing hopefuls have adjusted their views during television appearances in order to boost their chances of being offered a position in the White House. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was just unceremoniously ousted.

President Donald Trump's record-setting personnel turnover inspired Costa Rica-based BetDSI to begin taking bets on White House departures and it said the chances for any particular staff member remaining employed in the White House were not high.

The newspaper said Mr. Trump is discussing potential replacements for Mr. McMaster, but is willing to take his time because he wants to avoid humiliating him as well as to have a successor ready. "But I like watching it, I like seeing it, and I think it's the best way to go".

Trump immediately hired McEntee to work for his campaign.

"The President controls the timing here", another White House official told CNN, nodding to the fact that nothing is certain until Trump deems it to be.

Tillerson's frustration at being sacked over social media has a precedent: Former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus found out Kelly had replaced him when Trump tweeted from Air Force One, while it idled on a tarmac and Priebus sat in a auto nearby.


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