Trump appointed Lt. Gen. H.R McMaster as new NSA
U.S President Donald Trump has appointed Lt Gen Herbert Raymond McMaster as his new National Security Advisor following the ouster of Michael Flynn last week. Making the announcement at his residence in Florida, Mr. Trump described McMaster, currently Director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center, as a man of tremendous talent and experience.
Mr Trump made the announcement from his West Palm Beach resort and de facto Camp David, Mar-a-Lago. He said Mr McMaster is “a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience”.
Lt Gen Keith Kellogg had served as acting national security adviser, and will now serve as the chief of staff of the National Security Council.
The appointments follows a tumultuous end to the Trump administration’s first month in office. It included the blockage of Mr Trump’s controversial executive order to ban travel from seven Muslim-majority countries by a federal court, Mr Flynn’s forced resignation, and the withdrawal of Labour Secretary pick Andy Puzder after decades-old domestic violence allegations came to light.
Flynn had been forced out by Mr Trump following revelations that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about discussing sanctions with Russia’s ambassador to the US during the presidential transition.
About Lt Gen Herbert Raymond McMaster
- McMaster, the new national security adviser is a respected three-star Lt General, is still actively serving in U.S Army.
- He is a graduate of West Point and earned a PhD in US history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- He rose to prominence during the first Gulf War, where he was awarded a Silver Star, as he commanded the US 2nd Amy Cvalry Regiment involved in one of the biggest tank battles since World War II.
- In 1997, he wrote Dereliction of Duty, a book that took a critical view of the US’ handling of the Vietnam War.