File - In this July 31, 2017, file photo, national security adviser H.R. McMaster listens during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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A long-simmering dispute between two top White House aides has boiled into a public battle over the direction of President Donald Trump's foreign policy, with a cadre of conservative groups pushing for the ouster of national security adviser H.R. McMaster.McMaster is one of several powerful generals in Trump's orbit who hail from the Republican foreign policy establishment.McMaster and Bannon have clashed loudly and repeatedly during recent White House discussions over Afghanistan war strategy, according to four administration officials and outside advisers. Afghanistan, however, represents only the latest dispute between McMaster and Bannon, who've also fought over White House personnel. McMaster, an Army general, recently purged three National Security Council officials who were viewed as close to Bannon or to Michael Flynn, Trump's previous national security adviser. McMaster was among the Trump aides advocating for that course.
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