Today, President Trump announced that he has named Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to serve as national security adviser. He will fill the slot left behind by Gen. Michael Flynn who resigned last week. Speaking at his residence at the Mar-a-Lago resort, the president said, “I just wanted to announce we’ve been working all weekend very diligently, very hard, that Gen. H.R. McMaster will become the national security adviser.”
Trump added, “He’s 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 we’re very honored to have him.” The president confirmed that Gen. Keith Kellogg, who had served as national security adviser in the interim, will return to his role as chief of staff of the National Security Council.
Trump also said that John Bolton, who served in the George W. Bush administration as ambassador to the UN, will serve in another capacity. McMaster has served as the director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center and deputy commanding general of futures for the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command. He was also once commanding general of the Maneuver Center of Excellence, and commander of combined joint interagency task force Shafafiyat in Kabul, Afghanistan.