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Controversial ‘deep state’ memo claims to shed light on which officials are working against Trump


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A controversial memo which indicates the presence of friction within the National Security Council, or NSC, has been released by Foreign Policy.

The memo was reportedly authored by a former NSC director of strategic planning, Rich Higgins, who was ousted from his position last month after national security adviser H.R. McMaster and other top officials reportedly learned it had come from him.

Titled "POTUS & Political Warfare," Higgins' document details a "multi-pronged attack" on the president and his policies from the "deep state" including government insiders, globalists, bankers -- and even Islamists, and establishment Republicans.

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While McMaster was not called out by name in the document, the memo clearly implies his involvement in the plot to thwart the president's agenda, according to one source Foreign Policy talked to.

Higgins, the author, is known to be loyal to Michael Flynn, who briefly served as Trump's national security adviser before resigning in February over contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Meanwhile, another top official who has reportedly backed Higgins in the past is the president's chief strategist Steve Bannon, the person McMaster reportedly believes is feeding negative stories about him to right-wing news sites.

While McMaster is said to have the support of White House chief of staff John Kelly, his future with Trump is viewed by some as on shaky ground.

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The president was reportedly angry at him for letting Higgins go, with one insider indicating the resentment is still there.

Trump and McMaster are also believed to have disagreed on other personnel matters and issues like Afghanistan and Russia, notes The Atlantic.

A New York Times report from May claims that the president has complained about McMaster's talkativeness in meetings and that Trump even once referred to him as "pain."

However, about a week ago, Trump spoke out in support of his beleaguered adviser.

"General McMaster and I are working very well together. He is a good man and very pro-Israel. I am grateful for the work he continues to do serving our country," he said.

States with the highest and lowest Trump job approval ratings

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    West Virginia

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    Approval rating: Below 40%

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Members past and present of President Trump's inner circle

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    Steve Bannon: White House chief strategist
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    Ivanka Trump: First daughter and presidential adviser
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    Jared Kushner: Son-in-law and senior adviser
  • John Kelly Sworn In As New White House Chief of Staff In Oval Office
    Gen. John Kelly: Former Secretary of Homeland Security, current White House chief of staff
  • Ivanka Trump And White House Officials Hold A Listening Session With Military Spouses
    Kellyanne Conway: Former Trump campaign manager, current counselor to the president
  • Trump Attends the National Governors Association Meeting
    Reince Priebus: Former White House chief of staff, no longer with the Trump administration
  • President Donald Trump
    Anthony Scaramucci: Former White House communications director, no longer with the Trump administration
  • White House Communications Team Reshuffled, With Sean Spicer Resignation And Anthony Scaramucci Appointed Director
    Sarah Huckabee Sanders: White House press secretary
  • 139th White House Easter Egg Roll
    Donald Trump Jr.: First son to President Trump
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    Sean Spicer: Former White House press secretary, soon to be no longer with the Trump administration
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    Jeff Sessions: U.S. attorney general
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    Steve Mnuchin: Secretary of Treasury
  • Republican National Convention
    Paul Manafort: Former Trump campaign chairman
  • Trump's ex-adviser Carter Page gives presentation in Moscow
    Carter Page: Former foreign policy adviser to Trump's presidential campaign
  • White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Deliver Press Briefing
    Omarosa Manigault: Director of communications for the Office of Public Liaison
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    Melania Trump: Wife to President Trump and first lady of the United States
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    Jason Miller: Former White House communications director, no longer with the Trump administration
  • President Trump Swears In Senior Staff At White House
    Hope Hicks: White House Director of Strategic Communications
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    Mike Dubke: Former White House communications director, no longer with the Trump administration
  • White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders Holds Daily Briefing
    Stephen Miller: Trump senior policy adviser
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    Corey Lewandowski: Former Trump campaign manager
  • U.S. Women's Open - Round Three
    Eric Trump: Son to President Trump
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    Rex Tillerson: Secretary of State
  • US-POLITICS-FLYNN
    Michael Flynn: Former National Security Advisor, no longer with the Trump administration
  • National Security Advisory Sebastian Gorka Interviewed At The White House
    Sebastian Gorka: Deputy assistant to the president in the Trump administration
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    Roger Stone: Former Trump campaign adviser, current host of Stone Cold Truth
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    Betsy DeVos: U.S. Education Secretary

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