It is not the first time that McMaster has been caught disparaging Trump.
BuzzFeed News spoke to five sources who confirmed that National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster roasted President Trump's intelligence while attending a private dinner in July. The top national security official dismissed the president variously as an "idiot" and a "dope" with the intelligence of a "kindergartner", the sources said.
Sources told Buzzfeed that the decision stemmed from comments McMaster made to Catz praising the Iran nuclear deal and describing Israel settlements in Palestinian territory as a major problem - two views antithetical to President Trump's.
"Actual participants in the dinner deny that General McMaster made any of the comments attributed to him by anonymous sources".
A separate source also claimed McMaster disparaged Trump in a private conversation, saying he didn't have the intellectual firepower to understand national security issues.
Ken Glueck, Oracle's senior vice president for governmental affairs, says he attended the dinner in question and refutes claims that McMaster mocked Trump, telling BuzzFeed the claims were "ridiculous".
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After the NBC report about Tillerson's purported "moron" comment, Trump told Forbes: "I think it's fake news, but if he did that, I guess we'll have to compare IQ tests". According to Axios, GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson got wind of what was discussed at that dinner, and subsequently concluded that McMaster wasn't sufficiently pro-Israel and should thus be removed from the Trump administration. This past summer U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly called President Trump a "moron".
'[Catz] said the conversation was so inappropriate that it was jaw-dropping, ' said the source. McMaster said Kushner had no business being in the White House and shouldn't be involved in matters of national security.
Four of the sources said they heard about it from Catz after the event.
But these new details reveal that the subject matter of McMaster's dinner with Catz, which sources tell BuzzFeed News took place on July 18 at the Washington, D.C., restaurant Tosca, ranged far from geopolitics.
McMaster joined the Trump administration in February following the ouster of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
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