President Donald Trump announced Monday that Lt. Gen. Herbert Raymond “H. R.” McMaster will serve as his new national security adviser.
“He’s a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience. I watched and read a lot over the last two days,” Trump announced from his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida. “He is highly respected by everybody in the military and we’re very honored to have him.”
He announced that retired Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg will remain in his position as National Security Council chief of staff.
“I think that combination is something very very special,” Trump said.
BREAKING: Trump picks retired Gen. H.R. McMaster as next national security adviser https://t.co/BHiYnKtXJe
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Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn resigned last week days after reports revealed that he spoke about sanctions in a call with Russia’s ambassador to the United States before Trump’s inauguration.
This contradicted members of Trump’s administration, including Vice President Mike Pence, who previously denied that Flynn and the ambassador discussed sanctions.
Retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward on Thursday reportedly turned down Trump’s offer of the position of White House national security adviser after the administration resisted his demands to install his own staff on the security council.