Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster has been appointed by President Trump as the new national security adviser on this Monday. The president has chosen a well-respected military strategist who is popular for questioning conventional mind-set. Also he was able to turn around the Iraq war in extreme difficulties.
The announcement was made by the president at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. He had interviewed the candidates for the designation over his holiday weekend. The new security adviser will replace Michael T. Flynn. He was forced to resign due to withholding information related to a call with Russian Ambassador.
Mr. Flynn had previous links with the president Trump as he served as a campaign adviser. But the new national security adviser has no links with him. Mr. McMaster is not as ideological as his predecessor. He has bravely served in the Persian Gulf War and Iraq war. He is thought to be one of the most independent-minded generals of the American military.
The Republicans have been encouraged by the selection as they like General McMaster for his abilities. It is also a fact that they have tried to persuade the president for this selection. The main key player in this appointment is Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas. He is also an Army veteran and served under the new national security adviser. He made this suggestion to the White House.
A group other national security conservatives also lobbied for his appointment. McMaster has taken the job on the encouragement of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
Mr. John McCain has bitterly criticized Mr. Trump over the past few days but he has praised this appointment and said, “I could not imagine a better, more capable national security team than the one we have right now.”
General McMaster will remain on active duty.