President Trump picks Lt. Gen. HR McMaster as national security adviser
- Author: Leroy Wright Feb 21, 2017,
Feb 21, 2017, 10:48
US President Donald Trump has announced that General H.R. McMaster will be named national security advisor and Keith Kellogg will be chief of staff for the National Security Council.
Donald Trump's second pick for national security adviser - Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond "HR" McMaster - is a highly regarded military officer and soldier who is known for his roles in the Gulf War, the Iraq War and the war in Afghanistan.
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.
McMaster replaces general Michael Flynn, who was sacked for concealing information from Vice President Mike Pence over a conversation with the Russian ambassador about sanctions with Russia.
Trump made the announcement after interviewing several candidates to replace Michael Flynn, who was forced to resign amid claims that he kept Vice President Pence in the dark about the content of conversations with a Russian official before the president took office.
Trump's first choice of a replacement - retired Navy Vice Adm. Robert Harward - turned him down, compounding the embarassment surrounding the episode.
President Trump announced the appointment of Gen McMaster at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.He will replace Lt Gen Michael Flynn who was sacked after just three weeks and three days in the job.
During the Iraq War, McMaster argued for the U.S.to switch to counterinsurgency operations to secure the population, working with Petraeus and others. So well be talking with John Bolton in a different capacity.
Lt. General H.R. McMaster, a 55-year-old career Army officer..
Trump's transition team announced on December 22, 2016, that Sean Spicer (pictured left), Republican National Committee communications director, has been named press secretary and assistant to the president.
He said the issue never came up in discussions with Harward and they "hadn't really gone down the road" with Petraeus.
Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has expressed concerns about the NSC's structure under the new administration, praised McMaster's appointment in a statement Monday, calling him "an outstanding choice". The tumult in Trump's security team stretched into other areas of the National Security Council, the president's main forum for decision-making on security and foreign affairs.