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President Donald Trump, right, shakes hands with Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, left, at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, where he announced that McMaster will be the new national security adviser. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Trump picked HR McMaster as his new national security adviser


President Donald Trump has tapped retired Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to serve as his new national security adviser, CNN reported.

Trump called McMaster "a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience" Monday from his Mar-a-Lago estate, The Washington Post reported. 

If approved, McMaster will replace Michael Flynn, who resigned after he misled Vice President Pence to believe that he had not discussed sanctions with Russia's ambassador to the U.S. before Trump took his oath of office. 

Trump picked HR McMaster as his new national security adviser

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"I would just like to say what a privilege it is to be able to continue serving our nation," McMaster said from the Mar-a-Lago estate on Monday. "I'm grateful to you for that opportunity, and I look forward to joining the national security team and doing everything that I can to advance and protect the interests of the American people." 

Trump met with McMaster, as well as other retired generals and ambassadors, over the weekend at his private club in Palm Beach, Florida. 

John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, and Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen, the superintendent of West Point, were among those interviewed, according to the Military Times

Retired Navy Vice Adm. Robert Harward, Trump's first choice to replace Flynn, declined the nomination. 


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