Donald Trump appoints new national security adviser
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 21, 2017,
Feb 21, 2017, 2:12
President Donald Trump's new pick for national security advisor, Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, rose in the Army as a prominent Vietnam war critic and served multiple tours in the Iraq war.
He was offered the job as Trump's national security adviser after Michael Flynn resigned Monday night for not telling the truth to Vice President Mike Pence about talking to the Russian ambassador about sanctions.
McMaster holds a senior post with the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.
The choice of McMaster comes one week after the resignation of his first nat sec adviser, Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, who stepped down after lying about his highly inappropriate, and possibly illegal, communications with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Trump says he wants to make a decision in the next few days. Trump's first choice for the post, retired Vice Adm. Robert Hayward, had turned down the position.
He also was praised for his 1997 book Dereliction of Duty, which explored the failings of U.S. military leaders during the Vietnam war.
Retired general and former Central Intelligence Agency chief David Petraeus is also no longer a candidate, Mr Trump's press secretary Sean Spicer said on Saturday.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said others in the running were former ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton and Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen, superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Petraeus was cut from the short list of potential candidates after wanting more independence and control over his potential staff and the National Security Council, sources told The Wall Street Journal, but Trump reportedly considered that stance to be a deal-breaker.
Caslen, who was in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, and went back into the building after it was hit by a hijacked plane, served in key roles in Iraq and Afghanistan. "I'm grateful to you for that opportunity, and I look forward to joining the national security team and doing everything that I can to advance and protect the interests of the American people". I know John Bolton, we'll be asking him to work with us in a somewhat different capacity.
Trump, who defended himself at Thursday's marathon news conference, continued his rants against the news media Saturday, tweeting: "Don't believe the main stream (fake news) media".