Donald Trump appoints “known” and “reassuring” HR McMaster as national security adviser

Trump and McMaster (left) at Mar-a-Lago on Monday [Image: White House Press Office].

A step in the right direction? Lt Gen McMaster is said to be “known” to traditional US allies and “reassuring” to the US security establishment.

This suggests a certain amount of capitulation on Trump’s side – accepting what may be necessary to salvage his administration’s credibility after the debacle of Michael Flynn.

What do you think?

HR McMaster, an army lieutenant general … will be Donald Trump’s next national security adviser.

Trump, announcing his decision, called McMaster “a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience.”

The president had spent the weekend interviewing several generalsto replace the disgraced Michael Flynn, included the retired general Keith Kellogg, the former UN ambassador John Bolton, McMaster and the West Point superintendent, Lt Gen Robert Caslen.

McMaster’s appointment follows a week of disarray over the direction of the National Security Council, after Flynn was forced to resign over revelations that he had lied to vice-president Mike Pence about his calls discussing easing sanctions with Russia’s ambassador.

However, much like Trump’s pick to head the Pentagon, James Mattis, McMaster is a known entity to traditional US allies, and a figure reassuring to the US security establishment Trump has often scorned.

Yet it remains to be seen whether McMaster’s imminent arrival at the White House will settle an ongoing struggle for the future course of national security and foreign policy.

Source: Trump appoints HR McMaster as national security adviser | US news | The Guardian

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