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Trump Picks General H.R. McMaster as National Security Adviser

by Countable | 3.20.17

On Monday, President Donald Trump named Lt. Gen. Herbert Raymond "H.R." McMaster as his new national security adviser following the resignation of Michael Flynn last week. He will retain the assistance of Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg as the National Security Council’s chief of staff, after Kellogg served as the acting national security adviser in Flynn’s absence. Trump said “that combination is something very, very special” in reference to the tandem of McMaster and Kellogg.

McMaster, 54, is known as "The Iconoclast General" and is a career military officer who has served in the Army since 1984 after graduating from West Point. He led armored regiments during the Gulf War and the Iraq War, and helped plan coalition efforts to defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan. In the Gulf War, he earned a Silver Star when the nine tanks under his command destroyed over 80 Iraqi tanks and vehicles. Prior to accepting the national security adviser role, McMaster served as the director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center and deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.

He’s also an accomplished historian, having earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in American history. As part of his dissertation at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, McMaster wrote Dereliction of Duty, which criticized U.S. strategy during the Vietnam War on the grounds that military officers didn’t do enough to challenge the views of President Lyndon Johnson and Defense Secretary Robert McNamara. The book is on the official reading list of the U.S. Marine Corps.

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  • KillfaceCrews
    02/20/2017
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    I only know what little I've read here on Countable about this man, but his distinguished military career speaks volumes. The fact that he wrote an entire book about doing more to stand up to a president regarding strategy during the Vietnam war provokes confidence that he will not simply be a yes man to this administration, which I feel is incredibly key right now. As of this moment, this looks to be the first (if not the only) seemingly wise and appropriate choice this president has made in the way of staff picks. I look forward to learning more about this man through his work in this role.

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  • John
    02/20/2017
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    First, thank you to General McMaster for his service to our nation. If he desires to have Bannon off the security council, then that proves he will stand up to the administration when that is appropriate. If he is there to stoke Trump's ego and serve as an echo chamber, then we need to keep looking. If we have learned anything over the last month, it's that Trump needs adult supervision.

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  • Janet
    02/20/2017
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    First order of business is kick out Bannon and Miller. They have no business in national security meetings. For that matter, neither does trump.

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  • Eugenia
    02/20/2017
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    I wonder if he also requested bannon to be out of the security council. That will tell me whether he is for real or he will just roll over like everybody else.

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  • Cade
    02/21/2017
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    Solid choice for National Security Adviser. Just remember that Flynn did not act alone. Congress should lead an investigation into the NSC and the Trump administrations ties with Russia

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  • AmandaUNC
    02/20/2017
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    Seems oddly qualified- maybe the second choice for these cabinet positions all around would have been better. Needs appropriate vetting though.

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  • Leslie
    02/20/2017
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    At least he has a degree in history!

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  • Smorosan
    02/21/2017
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    Finally here is a nominee from our President that I can get behind! The NYTimes describes that "General McMaster is considered one of the military’s most independent-minded officers, sometimes at a cost to his own career." McCain apparently supports him (and McCain generally has been a good yardstick for national security matters in respect of this administration). Let's show that the Dems can be collaborative when President Trump picks people whose first and foremost commitment is to protect the interests of all Americans.

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  • Andy
    02/20/2017
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    Please ask him about his feelings on executive privilege, 'light treason', and whether he still believes what he wrote in his book- will he stand up for America?

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  • Robert
    02/25/2017
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    If the General H.R. McMaster has Steve Bannon removed the National Security Council then and only then will he be the right choice. Bannon declared himself a “Leninist,” saying that the Soviet leader “wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.” Lest we forget, Lenin campaigned for the First World War to be transformed into a Europe-wide proletarian revolution, which as a Marxist he believed would cause the overthrow of capitalism and its replacement with socialism. Bannon via Trump has hijacked the GOP and is using it to set fire to the Constitution for the United States of America and our government institutions causing great peril to the American people. Having engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the Constitution for the United States of America, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof e.g. Russia, he must be removed.

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  • Andy
    02/20/2017
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    If he can kick Bannon off the Security Council, then I'll tolerate him.

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  • Joanna
    02/20/2017
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    He sounds like the best pick so far. I especially like his background in history, which is sorely lacking in this administration. Those who do not study history are bound to repeat it.

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  • Patricia
    02/21/2017
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    Finally. A cabinet choice I can support. I'm so relieved.

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  • Rhonda
    02/20/2017
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    Why would he want to be around Trump?

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  • Laura
    02/21/2017
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    General H. R. McMaster sounds like a solid pick. His age, which I believe makes him a Gen xer, experience in combat situations in both the Gulf and Iraq wars, his commendations based on tactical decisions during the Iraq war, his masters and PH D in American history and his dissertation based on the Vietnam War and how the troops should have spoken out against the decisions being made by the President and commander of that time combined show an intelligent, thoughtful leader who has the capability to make decisions based on reality. It appears his credentials will help influence our President during delicate situations and out weigh bad advice that he may receive from others.

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  • Randi
    02/21/2017
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    It appears that Gen. McMaster may be an excellent choice! This is heartening; however I would feel much safer if Bannon was removed from the NSC.

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  • FumingMama
    02/21/2017
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    This actually seems like a good pick. But, I'm still suspicious of everything Trump touches. Hopefully the General will reign the insanity in.

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  • Zalch9
    02/20/2017
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    Let's see if he has the balls to tell trump no

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  • Carol
    02/20/2017
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    I hope that he has the courage to challenge this administration.

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  • Laura
    02/21/2017
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    He better do some housecleaning in the oval office if he intends to make it work. Like sweep away Bannon.

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