H.R. McMaster is purportedly one of the adults in the room in the Trump administration, a stabilizing influence in an environment staffed with know-nothing neophytes and pugilistic bomb throwing anti-establishment types. Be that as it may, McMaster is taking a lot of incoming fire for comments made at a dinner this summer, which apparently have only recently been corroborated. BuxxFeed News:
Over a July dinner with Oracle CEO Safra Catz — who has been mentioned as a candidate for several potential administration jobs — McMaster bluntly trashed his boss, said the sources, four of whom told BuzzFeed News they heard about the exchange directly from Catz. The top national security official dismissed the president variously as an “idiot” and a “dope” with the intelligence of a “kindergartner,” the sources said.
A sixth source who was not familiar with the details of the dinner told BuzzFeed News that McMaster had made similarly derogatory comments about Trump’s intelligence to him in private, including that the president lacked the necessary brainpower to understand the matters before the National Security Council.
Of course there have been the obligatory denials, interestingly followed up with threats.
[Vice President for Governmental Affairs Ken] Glueck responded to repeated inquiries only after BuzzFeed News contacted the NSC. And according to two sources with knowledge of the situation, administration officials threatened to retaliate against several figures with knowledge of the July dinner if they spoke to BuzzFeed News. Asked whether he had made his statement under pressure from the administration, Glueck responded, “ridiculous.”
Apparently the conversation wandered onto topics in the Trump administration as well.
But these new details reveal that the subject matter of McMaster’s dinner with Catz, which sources tell BuzzFeed News took place on July 18 at the Washington, DC, restaurant Tosca, ranged far from geopolitics. Indeed, three of the sources said that McMaster disparaged multiple members of the administration to Catz, including Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, and President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner. Of Kushner, one source told BuzzFeed News, McMaster said he had no business being in the White House and should not be involved in national security issues.
Imagine that, Jared has no business being in the White House? The man who was going to solve everything from conflict in the Middle East to the opoid crisis and restructure government, and fix the sewers and the bridges, and and…well, we’ve got trouble, right here in Trump City. This is not going to end here and it is not going to end well.