Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain released a statement on Monday defending embattled National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster from attacks purportedly orchestrated by “the so-called ‘alt-right.'”

The statement comes amid what appears to be a campaign to oust McMaster from his role in President Donald Trump’s administration. Some government officials think Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, is responsible for the attempts to force McMaster from the White House.

“I have had the pleasure of knowing General H.R. McMaster for many years, and greatly respect and admire his outstanding service to the nation,” McCain said in his statement. “The recent attacks on him from the so-called ‘alt-right’ are disgraceful.”


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