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Trump instructed conducting personnel purges at the National Security Council: reasons

This decision may be related to the scandal surrounding the conversation between Trump and Zelensky.

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US President Donald Trump has issued a confidential order to substantially reduce the number of employees of the National Security Council (NSS) under the White House. This was reported on Friday by the Bloomberg business news agency.

According to him, Trump’s order was brought to the attention of SNB officials this week, acting chief of staff of the White House Mick Mulvaney and new presidential adviser on national security Robert O’Brien. Sources of the publication are not unanimous regarding the reasons for this step. Some connect him with the arrival of O’Brien in the place of John Bolton, others with a loud scandal over the telephone conversation between Trump and Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky.

Bloomberg recalls that Trump has pursued a course to increase the effectiveness of the SNB, which consists of about 310 people, mainly former staff members of the Department of State, the Pentagon, and special services. The author of the complaint about a number of aspects of the conversation between Trump and Zelensky is not known, but he is considered an American intelligence officer.

Earlier it was reported that another American intelligence officer is considering the advisability of filing a report on the alarming US President Donald Trump's relationship with Ukraine. This was reported on Friday on its website by the New York Times, citing two sources.

According to them, this scout has more specific information about the events related to Trump and Ukraine.

The impeachment procedure was launched on the basis of allegations that Trump, in a July telephone conversation, put pressure on Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky to encourage Kyiv to indirectly help the head of the Washington administration reelect for a second term in 2020. The American leader allegedly sought an investigation into the actions of the son of former vice president Joseph Biden in Ukraine in exchange for Washington providing financial and military support to Kyiv.

U.S. President Donald Trump, in turn, said that his appeals to foreign authorities to conduct an investigation against former US Vice President Joseph Biden and his son have nothing to do with the domestic political struggle, they are the usual practice of combating corruption.

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