>> The defense department on Thursday was forced to take question on the future of H. R. McMaster, president Donald Trump's national security advisor, after reports said he could soon be leaving the White House. Pentagon Spokeswomen, Dana White.>> Is the pentagon considering options that would allow president Trump to move General McMaster out of his national security advisor role and back into the military?
>> General McMaster works for President Trump. Any decision with regards to staff, the White House will make those determinations.>> On Thursday, CNN citing several sources, said rising tensions between McMaster and President Donald Trump had prompted a search for a top military job that McMaster could switch into.
Trump and McMaster have clashed as recently as last week. After McMaster said the evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 was quote incontrovertible in the wake of indictments against 13 Russians in the Mueller probe. Trump who has often down played Russia's role fired back at McMaster on Twitter saying he had forgotten to say the results of the 2016 race were not impacted or changed by the Russians.
Trump is also reported to have been pushing back at efforts by McMaster and Chief of Staff, John Kelly, to block dozens of White House aides who have not passed security checks from having access to the nation's secrets. That includes Trump's own son-in-law, Jared Kushner. McMaster's been Trumps top White House form policy aid since Trump fired Michael Flynn, less than a month into his presidency for lying about his contacts with Russians