Donald Trump names military strategist as new US national security adviser

US national security adviser HR McMaster with President Donald Trump (AP photo)

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Lt Gen HR McMaster named new US national security adviser.
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McMaster replaces Michael Flynn who was ousted last week.
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McMaster is seen as a leading military intellectual.
President Donald Trump Monday named US Army Lt Gen HR McMaster as his new national security adviser, replacing Michael Flynn, who was asked to resign a week ago. McMaster called the appointment a “privilege.”

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

According to the New York Times, McMaster is seen as a leading military intellectual. The Times notes that McMaster is known for its critique of the performance of senior US military leaders during the Veitnam War.

He has also criticized the manner in which former President George W Bush went to war in Iraq.

‘MAN OF TREMENDOUS TALENT’

While announcing the pick in Florida, Trumpk said McMaster is “a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience” and added that Vice President Mike pence was involved in the process of choosing the new national security advisor.

McMaster replaces retired Gen Michael Flynn, who was ousted after revelations that he had misled Pence about discussing sanctions with Russia’s ambassador to the US during the presidential transition.

Earlier last week, the US president had said 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

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