White House National Security Adviser General H.R. McMaster reportedly described U.S. President Donald Trump as an "idiot" and a "dope" in a private conversation with the CEO of one of the largest software companies in the world. Attending the dinner was potential Trump administration appointee and tech CEO Safra Catz, who reportedly told four sources about McMaster trashing the president.
'[Catz] said the conversation was so inappropriate that it was jaw-dropping, ' said the source.
'Actual participants in the dinner deny that General McMaster made any of the comments attributed to him by anonymous sources.
"Those false comments represent the diametric opposite of Gen. McMaster's actual views".
McMaster also reportedly went after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Defense Secretary James Mattis, and Trump son in law Jared Kushner. Two sources also told BuzzFeed that administration officials reportedly threatened "retaliation" against several people with knowledge of the July dinner if they spoke to BuzzFeed about the report.
National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton and a top Oracle executive both denied that McMaster made these disparaging comments.
Glueck, however, denied that Oracle issued its response under pressure from the White House: "Ridiculous". Due to their perceived influence over the president, both men and in particular McMaster are widely distrusted by Trump's base and some loyalist aides and former staffers, and have been the perceived target of attacks in the press. BuzzFeed added, however, that Glueck only responded to its request for comment after the news outlet contacted the National Security Council.
The White House referred TPM's request for comment to the National Security Council, which did not immediately reply. "It's like they're preparing to deal with a child", a source told the magazine. After that dinner, Republican mega-donor Sheldon Adelson made a decision to support a campaign alleging McMaster was anti-Israel, after speaking with Catz about the dinner. Last year, she joined Trump's transition team ahead of his inauguration as president.
Catz has been mentioned as a possible Trump appointee.
McMaster's critical comments would not be the first delivered in private by a Trump cabinet member.