- The Washington Times - Monday, February 20, 2017

Former Obama national security adviser Susan E. Rice on Monday urged her new counterpart in the Trump White House, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, to get rid of a national security wing led by presidential strategist Stephen Bannon.

“Hope you will be able to choose your team, have direct reporting and daily access to POTUS, and can eliminate Strategic Initiatives Group,” Ms. Rice wrote in a congratulatory note to Lt. Gen. McMaster on Twitter.

The Strategic Initiatives Group is a layer of the White House National Security Council that’s led by Mr. Bannon.

President Trump on Monday afternoon announced his selection of Lt. Gen. McMaster to fill the post, one week after the president fired Michael Flynn for misleading Vice President Mike Pence and others about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the U.S.

• Dave Boyer can be reached at dboyer@washingtontimes.com.

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