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White House Defends Removing NSC Official Who Criticized Trump

  • Craig Deare had been selected for role by Michael Flynn
  • Spokeswoman says ‘silly’ to name someone opposed to agenda
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White House Defends Ouster of Official Critical of Trump

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A White House spokeswoman defended the removal of a high-ranking National Security Council official for criticizing President Donald Trump and his aides, saying it would be “pretty silly” to have staffers who don’t support the chief executive’s goals.

“I don’t think that any person that is there in order to carry out the president’s agenda should be against the president’s agenda,” spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Sunday during a briefing near the president’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.