National security adviser H.R. McMaster could be the next member of the Trump administration to exit the White House over weeks of tensions with the president, CNN reported Thursday.
A handful of defense and administration officials told the network that a search is being conducted at the Pentagon for an appropriate military position for McMaster, allowing the three-star general to return to the Defense Department.
The officials told CNN that the White House and Defense Department are specifically looking for a position that would recognize McMaster’s service and allow him to receive his fourth star.
But some defense officials cautioned that McMaster’s proximity to Trump has politicized his public image, which could force him into an early retirement rather than a Pentagon position.