It’s without a doubt that that the role of national security adviser is one of the toughest roles in the government, this is even more so after the recent events that took place with the resignation of Michael Flynn.
President Donald Trump has named US Army Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster as the replacement for Michael Flynn who resigned from his role after just one month.
General McMaster will face a very difficult challenge from the onset and his experience as a career officer will greatly come into play. President Trump called McMaster a prominent expert on counterinsurgency warfare, a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience.
It's no surprise that the New York Times had no better way of describing the demanding task that awaits McMaster by saying that who must take over a rattled and demoralized National Security Council that bristled Flynn’s leadership.
The paper reported that there remains a lot of uncertainty about the NSA’s place in the White House given the foreign policy interests of Stephen K. Bannon, the former Breitbart News chairman who is the president’s chief strategist.
There has also been reports that other candidates for the position were concerned on how much authority they would have in Trump’s administration.
General McMaster has been the head of the Army Capabilities and Integration Center and he’s deputy commanding general of the Futures Center at the US Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Eustis, he previously directed a transparency task force in Afghanistan.
Speaking at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, President Trump told reporters that McMaster is highly respected by everyone in the military and that his administration is honored to have him. Trump was seated alongside McMaster who was dressed in uniform. Trump also added that McMaster would work alongside the acting national security adviser Keith Kellogg, a retired three-star general in a very special collaboration.
McMaster, Trump and Kellogg ignored questions from reporters who enquired on whether the new national security adviser would be allowed to hire his own staff among other questions. McMaster’s announcement comes shortly after Robert Harward, a retired and former Navy SEAL turned down Trump’s offer of the job over concerns he would not be in a position to bring in his own team.