Politics McMaster appoints new intel head on security council: reports

04:55  07 october  2017
04:55  07 october  2017 Source:   The Hill

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National security adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster has appointed intelligence community veteran Mike Barry to head intelligence programs on the National Security Council , Axios reported Friday.Barry replaces Ezra Cohen-Watnick, who was appointed by Gen.

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President Trump's national security adviser H.R. McMaster has filled a position on the National Security Council that oversees the intelligence community, Axios reported Friday.

McMaster has appointed Mike Barry to replace Ezra Cohen-Watnick, who was an appointee of Trump's first national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Cohen-Watnick's exit in August was reportedly part of an effort by McMaster to purge Flynn's appointees on the council.

Barry, who previously served in the Air Force, will be charged with the responsibility of coordinating the administration's objectives with the intelligence community, according to Axios, which reported that CIA Director Mike Pompeo recommended Barry to McMaster.

A former intelligence official told Politico on Friday that he knows "for a fact" that Barry had served in the CIA. The agency declined to comment on his appointment.

Trump national security team preaches calm over Iran deal but warns U.S. might still leave .
The Trump administration will remain in the international nuclear deal with Iran for now, top national security aides said Sunday, a message of reassurance after allies, members of Congress and the Iranian regime criticized President Trump's decision to set conditions on further U.S. participation. Subscribe to the Post Most newsletter: Today’s most popular stories on The Washington PostTrump's national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, said that the president's threat to cancel the Iran deal “set out a marker” for the United States and its allies to fix what he called “a weak deal that is being weakly monitored.

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