Trump appoints McMaster his new national security adviser

Remigio Civitarese
Febbraio 23, 2017

President Trump has picked General HR McMaster to replace Michael Flynn as National Security Adviser.

Both men were among four candidates whom White House aides said Trump interviewed this weekend to replace Flynn, a retired general and early Trump political supporter.

"The president gave full authority for McMaster to hire whatever staff he sees fit", a White House spokeswoman told reporters.

The selection encouraged Republicans who admire Lt-Gen McMaster and waged a behind-the-scenes campaign to persuade Mr Trump to select him. A West Point graduate who earned a doctorate in history from the University of North Carolina, he wrote his dissertation based on newly declassified documents from the Vietnam War. In his 1997 book, "Dereliction of Duty," McMaster levelled stinging criticisms at the US military establishment for failures during the Vietnam War. The insisted-on retention of deputy K.T. McFarland, a former Fox News commentator, was reportedly a deal-breaker for Harward, who publicly cited family and financial concerns in declining the position.

Flynn was forced to resign last week after misleading Vice President Mike Pence about discussions he had held with the Russian ambassador to the United States concerning U.S. sanctions on Moscow. Flynn was asked to resign 24 days into his position.

As McMaster settles into his new role as one of the president's key advisers on national security issues, here's what you need to know about him. He also called officials to "lock her up". One subject on which Trump and McMaster could soon differ is Russian Federation.

H.R. McMaster's new role as the United States' National Security Adviser will have him taking on troubles in Iraq again.

While praised publicly by many of his military colleagues, McMaster has a reputation for speaking his mind within military ranks, causing some to wonder if that's why he wasn't promoted more rapidly. This attitude was not always shared by his superiors. As a colonel with an exceptional combat record he was passed over for promotion to brigadier general twice before Gen. David Petraeus intervened on his behalf.

"The safety of the American people and the security of the American homeland are our top priorities", McMaster said. "I think it's a great pick". As recounted in many locations, Shelton bought copies of the book for all of his service chiefs and commanders and ordered them to read it and to follow its lessons, to always express disagreements with superiors, even at the risk of being treated poorly as a result.

McMaster joined the military in 1984, and is still serving on active duty.

The strategy did not survive the departure of McMaster's troops, with Tal Afar falling into the hands of Sunni militants.

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