President Donald Trump appointed Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster as his new national security adviser on Monday, picking a widely respected military strategist known for challenging conventional thinking and helping to turn around the Iraq war in its darkest days. This was reported by the New York Times.
Unlike Mr. Flynn, who served as a campaign adviser last year, General McMaster has no links to Mr. Trump and is not thought of as being as ideological as the man he will replace. A battle-tested veteran of both the Persian Gulf war and the second Iraq war, General McMaster is considered one of the military’s most independent-minded officers, sometimes at a cost to his own career.
“He’s a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience,” Mr. Trump told reporters as General McMaster, wearing his uniform, sat next to him. “I watched and read a lot over the last two days. He is highly respected by everyone in the military, and we’re very honored to have him.”
A coterie of other national security conservatives, including Ukraine friendly Senators John McCain and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who has worked with General McMaster, encouraged him to take the job.
US Senator JohnMcCain also commented on this appointment on his Twitter page:
“Lieutenant General McMaster is an outstanding choice for national security advisor - man of genuine intellect, character and ability ”
Lt Gen HR McMaster is outstanding choice for nat'l security advisor - man of genuine intellect, character & ability https://t.co/rYmJm00Xdf— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) 20 февраля 2017 г.
Earlier it was reported that Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser resigned over Russian contacts. Trump national security adviser was accused of discussion of the possibility of lifting US anti-Russian sanctions.