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.
Black teens shocked after basketball announcer calls their names ‘disgusting’
A longtime announcer at high-school basketball games in Oklahoma sparked outrage last week when he said that black players on the Crooked Oak High School lady's basketball team had "disgusting" names.
Local news station KFOR reports that the announcer made the remarks during a game between Crooked Oak and rival Newkirk High School on Friday.
In a video taken at the game, the announcer can be heard saying, "The Crooked Oak Lady Ruff Necks, now their names are pretty disgusting."
Trump’s India rally turnout far lower than his prediction of seven million
Emerging in a stadium to the appropriate strains of the Village People's "Macho Man" as 100,000 people cheered on, US President Donald Trump looked like he was at a campaign rally in America's Midwest.
But the US leader was thousands of miles away, sweltering under India's scorching heat as he kicked off his first official visit to the nation with a lavish extravaganza at the world's largest cricket stadium.
Five months after being feted by 50,000 people at a mass rally in Houston, Trump revelled in pomp and pageantry once more as Prime Minister Narendra Modi went all-out to welcome him in his home state of Gujarat.
Trump is only visiting India ‘because he’s obsessed with crowd sizes’: Bollywood Star
A famous Indian filmmaker took a jab at President Trump on Twitter this Sunday, saying that his trip to India likely satiated his need for large crowd sizes after Trump addressed an audience in the Motera stadium in Ahmedabad in Gujarat, the home state of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Indian director and producer Ram Gopal Varma started out by wondering if the money India spent by welcoming Trump would be reciprocated by Americans.
"We Indians spent thousands of crores in welcoming @realDonaldTrump," Gopal tweeted. "but will Americans spend even thousands of rupees in welcoming @narendramodi to the US? That says about America and not India ...Just saying!"