Trump eyeing at least four possible national security adviser candidates
- Author: Arturo Norris Feb 21, 2017,
Feb 21, 2017, 17:11
US President Donald Trump has named Lt Gen HR McMaster as his new National Security Adviser, with the decorated combat veteran replacing Michael Flynn, who was sacked following a controversy over his contacts with the Russian envoy.
The president described McMaster is a man of "tremendous talent and tremendous experience".
McMaster is active duty, and will remain so while serving in his new post, the White House said.
"I give President Trump great credit for this decision, as well as his national security cabinet choices", McCain added.
Among the other candidates in the running was Keith Kellogg, who took over as acting national security adviser after the resignation of Michael Flynn last week.
The early ouster came as a setback for a White House that has been hit by miscues, including the controversial rollout of the travel ban.
Retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward was offered the position only to turn it down after disagreement with the administration over his ability to choose his own team: Trump reportedly refused to allow Harward to replace current Deputy National Security Advisor K.T. McFarland.
A West Point graduate who climbed the ranks to command troops during the us -led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, McMaster received a doctorate degree in military history from the University of North Carolina.
"I don't think that any person that is there in order to carry out the President's agenda should be against the President's agenda", Sanders said during a briefing with reporters in West Palm Beach, Florida. Sources told CNN that Harward was concerned about how the White House was being run.
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. In a July 14, 2014, interview with the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, the then the base commander, said: "Some people have a misunderstanding about the Army".
David Petraeus will not be replacing Michael Flynn as Donald Trump's next national security adviser.
McMaster is one of several Trump advisers with military backgrounds.
"I was disappointed to learn that the facts that have been conveyed to me by General Flynn were inaccurate", Pence said.