President Donald Trump announced this Monday that General H.R. McMaster has been appointed as the next national security advisor upon the rapid dismissal of Michael Flynn who served just 24 days in office. The search for a new national security advisor began after a report revealed that Flynn had discussed sanctions with Russia’s ambassador to the US before the Trump administration came into office. Thus, the Trump administration reportedly fired Flynn because of his failure to disclose the details of this conversation to Vice President Pence, not because of the conversation itself with the Russian ambassador.
McMaster, the head of the Army Capabilities Integration Center is to become one of the president’s top foreign policy and and national security advisors. He will serve as the first active-duty military officer in the post since General Powell who held the position from 1987 to 1989.
The president is quoted saying the following, “He is a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience. I watched and read a lot over the last two days. He is highly respected by everybody in the military, and we’re very honored to have him.” While two days may not seem like enough time to make a fully educated decision to fill the position of national security advisor, McMaster comes with a fair share of military experience.
He is known for his roles in the Gulf War, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He’s also the author of a book criticizing the decisions of U.S. military leadership during the Vietnam War, and he holds a PhD in military history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A distinguished military career has resulted in him earning the following awardsL Army Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (2), Bronze Star (2), Purple Heart Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (2), Army Meritorious Service Medal (5), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (4), Army Achievement Medal (4).
Although not Trump’s initial choice, (Robert Harward was first offered the job. He turned it down amid concerns about how the White House was being run) the president is reportedly very pleased with the appointment.
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