Trump picks Lt. Gen. HR McMaster to be national security adviser

Trump picks Lt. Gen. HR McMaster to be national security adviser

U.S. Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, newly named as President Donald Trump's national security adviser, is now also a best-selling author, for a book he wrote two decades ago.

In announcing Trump's choice of McMaster, the White House also highlighted - correctly - that another well-regarded three-star general, Colin Powell, served as national security adviser to President Ronald Reagan while still on active duty.

President Donald Trump shakes hands with US Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on February 20, 2017.

"He is highly respected by everyone in the military, and we're very honored to have him", Trump said while seated in the living room of his Mar-a-Lago estate here next to McMaster, who was in uniform.

McMaster, a career Army officer and strategist, is known as one of the military's most prominent intellectuals. McMaster will be the fourth active duty military officer to serve in the role as National Security Adviser.

Lt Gen McMaster, whose appointment does not require Senate confirmation, said his new role was "a privilege". Michael Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, was sacked as national security adviser on 13 February after reports emerged that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about speaking to Russia's ambassador about usa sanctions before Trump's inauguration.


Its lessons will surely be weighing on McMaster's mind now, as Pentagon brass prepare to present to Trump and his national security team within a few days a menu of options for how to fight the war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. He has a doctoral degree from the University of North Carolina and has written extensively on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. "He knows how to succeed, ' McCain said in a statement, adding, 'I give President Trump great credit for this decision'".

National security adviser is as important a position as secretary of state or secretary of defense.

Other candidates in the running were Robert Caslen, Army lieutenant general who is the superintendent of the US Military Academy at West Point, and career diplomat John Bolton, who served as George W Bush's ambassador to the United Nations from August 2005 to December 2006. When McMaster was a colonel, he led a Fort Carson unit of more than 5,000 soldiers through one of the post's successful deployments to Iraq.

The retired four-star general, who resigned as head of the Central Intelligence Agency in 2012 after it was revealed he was having an affair with his biographer, had been on a short list for the job after Flynn was let go.

McMaster replaces a Trump loyalist. As a young officer, he came to prominence when he criticized the Joint Chiefs of Staff over their actions in the Vietnam War in his 1997 book "Dereliction of Duty" - which is now at the top of Amazon's best-seller list.

His experience in Iraq's Tal Afar is likely to come in useful as USA and allied forces attempt to retake nearby Mosul from the Islamic State group.

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