From the White House – President Trump picked Lt Gen H.R. McMaster to serve as his new National Security Adviser, after interviewing four finalists for the position at his home in Florida.
Gen McMaster is 54 years old. He is a 1980 graduate of Valley Forge Military Academy and a 1984 graduate of West Point.
In addition to his experience as a commander, Gen McMaster holds a MA, and Ph.D in American history, and is the author of a 1997 book, “Dereliction of Duty” which holds that the commanders during the Vietnam War, did not do enough to challenge the political leadership in the Johnson Administration, on the strategy they pursued in Vietnam.
Gen McMaster replaces former Gen Mike Flynn, who in retirement had campaigned for President Trump, and was the president’s first pick as National Security Adviser. Gen Flynn was fired early on by the President, when it became known he had mislead Vice President Pence about whether Gen Flynn had discussed sanctions with the Russian Ambassador, prior to the Trump administration taking office.