President Donald Trump seems to have found the man for the job of national security adviser. On Monday, he appointed Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster who is a very respected military man. One of the most important things he has done was to provide a convenient solution and to turn around the Iraq war when all hope seemed lost. He is also famous for his unconventional way of handling things. McMaster replaced Michael Flynn who resigned after just two months because a conversation he had with the Russian ambassador to the United States was discovered. Vice president Mike Pence was very disappointed in him because he had defended him numerous times in front of the media. Finally, Flynn blamed his memory for failing to mention the conversation in his briefings. Shortly after, he resigned from the post.
A firm hand
Donald Trump announced his new national security adviser at his Mar-a-Lago resort, where he also interviewed other few candidates for the job. General McMaster has absolutely no links whatsoever to the president. He is a war veteran who participated in both the Persian Gulf war and in the second Iraq war. Rumor has it that the Republicans were so glad that he was among the choices that they made a campaign to make sure that he will be the new national security adviser.
Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas was the one who actually suggested McMaster for the job. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who has worked with McMaster, really pushed him to take the job because he would be the perfect man. Senator John McCain of Arizona even posted a Twitter message in which he expressed his joy over the new national security adviser. This was interesting because he has been very critical of Trump in the recent days. However, it seems like he agrees with the president’s choice.
Lt Gen HR McMaster is outstanding choice for nat’l security advisor – man of genuine intellect, character & ability https://t.co/rYmJm00Xdf
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) February 20, 2017
The story of the General
At 54-years old, General McMaster was never afraid to speak up his mind. He once strongly criticized Joint Chiefs of Staff for what they did during the Vietnam War. Later, he also criticized the way President George W. Bush’s administration dealt with the Iraq war. People who know him describe McMaster as a very smart, stocky man, with a sense of humor.
However, on Monday, some security council aides said that they found out about McMaster’s selection the way everybody else did. Their problem was the fear that some of Michael Flynn’s men would continue to stick around. As for Keith Kellogg, the man who served as the interim national security adviser would remain the council’s chief of staff. General McMaster reportedly thanked the president for the honor. He stated that he would do everything in his power for the country and for the American people.
All in all, it remains to be seen whether or not the Trump administration will find some kind of peace with the addition of McMaster as the national security adviser. After a few very tense weeks, it is crucial for them to start getting back on the right track.
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