Trump Names HR McMaster as Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser

Army lieu­tenant gen­eral to re­place Michael Flynn, who re­signed last week fol­low­ing rev­e­la­tions he mis­led Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence about con­tacts with a Rus­sian envoy

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Wa s h i n g t o n : US P r e s i d e n t Don­ald Trump on Mon­day named L i e u t e n a nt G e n e r a l He r b e r t Ray­mond McMaster as his new na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser, choos­ing a mil­i­tary of­fi­cer known for speak­ing his mind and chal­leng­ing his su­pe­ri­ors.

McMaster is a highly re­garded mil­i­tary tac­ti­cian and strate­gic thinker, but his se­lec­tion sur­prised some ob­server­swhowon­dered­howthe­of­fi­cer, whoseArmy­ca­reer­stalle­dat­times­for his ques­tion­ing of author­ity, would deal with a White House that has not wel­comed crit­i­cism.

“Heishigh­lyre­spect­ed­byev­ery­body inthemil­i­taryandwe’revery­honored to have him,” Trump told re­porters in West Palm Beach where he spent the week­end. “He’s a man of tremen­dous tal­ent and tremen­dous ex­pe­ri­ence.” One sub­ject on which Trump and McMaster could soon dif­fer is Rus­sia. McMaster shares the con­sen­sus view among the US na­tional se­cu­rity es­tab­lish­ment­thatRus­si­aisathreatan­dan an­tag­o­nist to the United States, while the­man­whomMcMas­ter­is­re­plac­ing, re­tired Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Michael Flynn, ap­peared to view it more as a po­ten­tial geopo­lit­i­cal part­ner. Trump in the past has ex­pressed a will­ing­ness to en­gage with Rus­sia more than his pre­de­ces­sor, Barack Obama. Flynn was fired as na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser on Fe­bru­ary 13 af­ter re­ports emerged that he had mis­led Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence about speak­ing to Rus­sia’s am­bas­sador to the United States about US sanc­tions be­fore Trump’s in­au­gu­ra­tion.

The na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser is an in­de­pen­dent aide to the pres­i­dent and does not re­quire con­fir­ma­tion by the US Se­nate. He has broad in­flu­ence over for­eign pol­icy and at­tends Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil meeti n g s a l o n g wit h t he he ad s of t he State Depart­ment, the Depart­ment of De­fense and key se­cu­rity agen­cies.

Repub­li­canSe­na­tor John McCain, chair­man of the Se­nate A r med S e r v ic e s Com­mit­tee and a fre­quent Trump critic, praised McMaster as an “out­stand­ing” choice. “I give Pres­i­dent Trump great credit for this de­ci­sion,” McCain said in a state­ment. A for­mer US am- bas­sador to Rus­sia un­der Obama, Michael McFaul, a Demo­crat, praised McMas­teronTwit­teras“ter­rific”and said McMaster “will not be afraid to ques­tion his boss”.

McMaster, 54, is a West Point grad­u­ate known as “H.R.,” with a PhD in US his­tory from the Univer­sity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was listed as one of Time mag­a­zine’s 100 most in­flu­en­tialpeo­plein2014,partly­be­cause of his will­ing­ness to buck the sys­tem.

A com­bat veteran, he gained renown inthe­firstGulfWar-and­wa­sawarded a Sil­ver Star - af­ter he com­manded a small troop of the US 2nd Ar­mored Cavalry Reg­i­ment that de­stroyed a much larger Iraqi Repub­li­can Guard force in 1991 in a place called 73 East­ing, for its map co­or­di­nates, in what many con­sider the big­gest tank bat­tle since World War Two.

The na­tional se­cu­rity ad­viser is an in­de­pen­dent aide to the pres­i­dent and does not re­quire con­fir­ma­tion by the US Se­nate

Don­ald Trump (R) and newly ap­pointed Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser HR McMaster

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