In phone calls to retired Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, which reportedly began as early as last fall, Trump sought out his advice and told him that he missed him.
From NBC News:
Trump’s contacts with McMaster perhaps presaged his decision Tuesday to unceremoniously fire Bolton. They also were a remarkable shift for the president that is emblematic of how much Bolton fell out of favor since Trump welcomed him into the White House 17 months ago. At that time, Trump was barely speaking to McMaster and regularly did derogatory impressions of him in his absence, according to current and former White House officials.
As NBC News points out, Trump seeking out the predecessors of appointees he’s fired is nothing new. For example, he reportedly began calling his first chief of staff, Reince Priebus, after he fired his second one, John Kelly.
Trump began to reach out to McMaster about 6 months after Bolton took the job during the fall of 2018. While mulling over the choice of then-Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan to permanently hold the role, Trump reportedly sought out McMaster’s advice on what to do. He soon after nominated Mark Esper, who was then confirmed by the Senate.
Another subject Trump sought McMaster’s advice on was Iran — a point of contention between Trump and Bolton.
“The president’s view is: ‘I run Iran. John may think he runs Iran, but I run Iran,'” a former White House official told NBC News.
The news of Trump’s repeated phone calls to McMaster reportedly has some close to the President raising their eyebrows.
“He must be getting pretty far down on his call list because McMaster is not at the top,” another former White House official told NBC.
Brian Williams compares Corey Lewandowski’s opening statement to the North Korean news lady
MSNBC host Brian Williams on Tuesday noted the similarities between former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and North Korean news anchor Ri Chun Hee.
"Corey Lewandowski, the former Trump campaign manager who is now considering a Senate run in New Hampshire, testified before the House Judiciary Committee today," Williams reported. "It is likely his North Korean anchorwoman-quality opening remarks were meant were one viewer (Donald Trump)."
Ri, who has earned the nickname "Pink Lady," is known for her enthusiastic reading of government-approved news.
Watch the video below from MSNBC.
‘Train-wreck of a witness’: Analysts nail ‘obstructive’ Corey Lewandowski for proving the Democrats’ case
Political commentator Catherine Rampell disagreed with New York Times columnist Frank Bruni that the Democrats faltered during the hearing with Corey Lewandowski Tuesday. Former state and federal prosecutor Elie Honig called Lewandowski a "train-wreck of a witness."
She explained that Democrats had an extremely low bar: they had to prove Trump obstructed justice and that Corey Lewandowski gave one of the examples of such obstructions. In that sense, Rampell said they accomplished their goals.
"I don’t think this was a great day for Corey Lewandowski," she began. "This is a guy who went on TV and announced to the world -- apparently at the same time he is also trying to fundraise for Senate -- that he lies most of the time. Except when he's under oath."
WATCH: Ana Navarro keeps shouting down Trump booster — even as CNN host cuts to commercial
President Donald Trump cheered on his top Hispanic advisor Steve Cortes, who appeared before a New Mexico audience. Trump asked Cortes which he loved more, Hispanics or America, which prompted CNN's Ana Navarro to blast the president for racism. Meanwhile, Trump's latest CNN shill cried "political correctness."
"Look, I suspect he didn't want to offend Steve Cortes and I suspect Steve Cortes was not offended," Navarro said. "But really what a stupid thing to say. Right? To somehow ask the question about whether you love the country more than you love Hispanics -- they are one and the same."