Trump taps mil­i­tary strate­gist as na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser

Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster re­places ousted Michael Flynn

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has tapped Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his new na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser, re­plac­ing the ousted Michael Flynn.

Trump an­nounced the pick Mon­day at his Palm Beach club and said McMaster is “a man of tremen­dous tal­ent and tremen­dous ex­pe­ri­ence.’’

Trump says re­tired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Kel­logg who had been his act­ing ad­viser, will now serve as the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil chief of staff. He also said he would be ask­ing John Bolton, a former U.S. am­bas­sador to the United Na­tions, to work with them in a “some­what dif­fer­ent ca­pac­ity.’’

Trump made the an­nounce­ment from a lux­u­ri­ous liv­ing room, sit­ting on a couch be­tween McMaster and Kel­logg. He has been look­ing for a re­place­ment for re­tired Gen. Michael Flynn, who was ousted last week. Trump brought four op­tions for the po­si­tion to Mara-Lago over the week­end for in per­son in­ter­views, McMaster among them. McMaster called the ap­point­ment a “priv­i­lege.’’

The pres­i­dent told re­porters as he ex­ited the room that Vice-Pres­i­dent Mike Pence had been in­volved in the process.

The po­si­tion of na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser does not re­quire Sen­ate con­fir­ma­tion.

Trump pushed out Flynn a week ago af­ter rev­e­la­tions that the ad­viser had mis­led Pence about dis­cussing sanc­tions with Rus­sia’s am­bas­sador to the U.S. dur­ing the pres­i­den­tial tran­si­tion. Trump said in a news con­fer­ence Thurs­day that he was dis­ap­pointed by how Flynn had treated Pence, but did not be­lieve Flynn had done any­thing wrong by hav­ing the con­ver­sa­tions.

Trump’s first choice to re­place Flynn, re­tired Vice Adm. Robert Har­ward, turned down the of­fer.

AP PHOTO

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, right, lis­tens as Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, left, talks at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago es­tate in Palm Beach, Fla., Mon­day, where Trump an­nounced that McMaster will be the new na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser.

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