Trump picks McMaster as national security adviser
By: Erin Johnson, Xiro Xone News February 20, 2017 Updated: 7:17 PM
President Donald Trump has named Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster as his new national security advisor. Trump made the announcement on Monday to reporters together in the living room of his Mar-a-Lago estate.
"He is highly respected by everyone in the military, and we’re very honored to have him," Trump said.
McMaster will replace Michael Flynn, who resigned on last week following reports that he misled Vice President Mike Pence over his discussions on sanctions with Russia's ambassador to the US.Lt Gen Keith Kellogg had served as acting national security adviser, and will now serve as the chief of staff of the National Security Council.
Trump's first choice to fill the vacancy left by Flynn, retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward, turned down the offer. Trump spent the weekend interviewing other candidates, including John Bolton, a former ambassador to the United Nations.
General McMaster who is a West Point graduate holds a Ph.D., and awarded the Silver Star for his leadership in the Gulf War.
He is considered a leader in strategic thinking and was instrumental during the Iraq War.