According to Bloomberg, the request to reduce the size of the staff was relayed to senior agency officials by acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and O’Brien this week.
On Friday evening, Trump retweeted the commentary of a former Investor’s Business Daily reporter: “The whistleblower is a registered Democrat & CIA analyst who was detailed before the 2016 election to the Obama White House,where he worked on the NSC’s Ukraine desk & met w anti-Trump Ukrainian officials before being sent packing by the Trump NSC & becoming disgruntled.”
Trump’s critics jumped on the NSC staff reduction as a “purge” tied to the Ukraine reports, particularly after former National Security Adviser John Bolton was ousted last month and ridiculed Trump in a series of public comments.
The reductions to the NSC staff will affect many who are career government professionals from the U.S. State Department, the Pentagon and several intelligence agencies, Bloomberg reported. The NSC has been under threat from members of Congress for several years and many have demanded making the national security adviser position, which Bolton formerly held, a Senate-confirmed position.