Some Trump Officials Want To Go On The Offensive Against Iran, But Mattis Isn't So Sure

National Security | Russ Read
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks live on television after casting his ballot in the Iranian presidential election in Tehran, Iran June 12, 2009. REUTERS/Caren Firouz/File Photo

Some officials want to go on the offensive, the Pentagon has other thoughts

McMaster Hires New Deputy National Security Advisor As Political Rivals Close In

National Security | Russ Read
Newly named National Security Adviser Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster listens as U.S. President Donald Trump makes the announcement at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida U.S. February 20, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Waddell may be the ally McMaster needs in the Trump White House

National Security Council Shake-Up Leads To K.T. McFarland Ouster

World | Ryan Pickrell
KT McFarland, President-elect Donald Trump's selection to be deputy national security adviser, steps off the elevator after meetings at Trump Tower on December 5, 2016 in New York. / AFP / KENA BETANCUR

Follows the removal of Steve Bannon from a key committee

Bannon Shows Up At NSC Meeting After Being Taken Off Principals Committee

Politics | Jonah Bennett
White House Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland

‘The president or McMaster can invite him to attend at any time’

Progressives Laud Removal Of Bannon From National Security Council

Politics | Jonah Bennett
US President Donald Trump held last-minute negotiations with fellow Republicans to avoid a humiliating defeat Thursday in his biggest legislative test to date, as lawmakers vote on an Obamacare replacement plan which conservatives threaten to sink. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images.

These groups say the decision is a victory against white supremacy and extremism.

Steve Bannon Removed From National Security Council In Major Shakeup

Politics | Jonah Bennett
President Trump Holds Listening Session With Manufacturing CEO's

‘Returned the NSC to its proper function’

Former US Attorney: Rice Ordered Spies To Produce 'Detailed Spreadsheets' Involving Trump

Investigative Group | Richard Pollock
White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice (R) and former Defense Intelligence Agency Director retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, incoming White House national security adviser, shake hands at the U.S. Institute of Peace "2017 Passing the Baton" conference in Washington, January 10, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas

‘Tremendous abuse of the system’

Trump's New National Security Advisor Wrote The Book On How To Fight Russia

National Security | Russ Read
U.S. President Donald Trump and his newly appointed National Security Adviser Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster (L) speak during the announcement at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida U.S. February 20, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

‘Warfare capabilities depict a high degree of technological sophistication’

Expected Flynn Replacement Robert Harward Abruptly Turns Down National Security Adviser Job

Politics | Jonah Bennett
Handout of Vice Admiral Robert S. Harward, commanding officer of Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435, greets an Afghan official during his visit to Zaranj

‘Harward is conflicted between the call of duty and the obvious dysfunctionality’

Former NSC Adviser Mike Flynn Loses His Security Clearance

Politics | Jonah Bennett
President Trump Holds Joint Press Conference With Japanese PM Shinzo Abe

Due diligence

Trump Offers National Security Advisor Job To Former Navy SEAL, Mattis Ally

National Security | Russ Read
FILE PHOTO: Vice Adm. Robert S. Harward, commanding officer of Combined Joint Interagency Task Force 435, speaks to an Afghan official during his visit to Zaranj, Afghanistan, in this January 6, 2011 handout photo. The visit consisted of a tour of a provincial prison, the Iran/Afghanistan border crossing and an airfield assessment. Sgt. Shawn Coolman/U.S. Marines/Handout via REUTERS

Robert Harward could take Flynn’s old job, but he asked for time to think about it

MIKE CHECKED: Flynn Resigns As National Security Advisor

Politics | Jonah Bennett
National security adviser General Michael Flynn delivers a statement daily briefing at the White House in Washington U.S.

Flynn has apologized to Vice President Mike Pence

Trump Knows Who Is Leaking

Politics | Kerry Picket

‘It’s a disgrace that they leaked’

GOP Defends President's Decision To Add Bannon To National Security Council

Politics | Juliegrace Brufke
U.S. President Donald Trump (L), seated at his desk with National Security Advisor Michael Flynn (2nd R) and senior advisor Steve Bannon (R), speaks by phone with Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. January 28, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

‘That strikes me as a lot better for a guy with that kind of influence’

Is Steve Bannon Muscling Flynn Out Of Trump's White House?

National Security | Russ Read
Steve Bannon exits an elevator in the lobby of Trump Tower on November 11, 2016 (Getty Images)

Flynn’s lack-luster performance has him on the rocks

Flynn Is Stacking The National Security Council With Hardcore Military Veterans

Politics | Jonah Bennett
Defense Intelligence Agency director U.S. Army Lt. General Michael Flynn testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on "Worldwide Threats" in Washington February 4, 2014. REUTERS/Gary Cameron.

‘We’re going to have people who have looked down a rifle scope’

WH: Obama Has Done More For Israel Than Any Previous U.S. President

Politics | Kerry Picket
The United Nations Security Council sit for a high level meeting on Syria at the United Nations in Manhattan, New York

‘Today’s vote is a blow to peace that sets a dangerous precedent for further diplomatic efforts’

Young Staffers At National Security Council Prepare To Flee Before Trump Takes Office

Politics | Jonah Bennett
U.S. President Barack Obama attends a meeting with the National Security Council at the State Department Washington

They’re looking at other options, like graduate school