WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - Adviser to President H.R. McMaster will soon resign, according to the New York Times. President Donald Trump has already tweeted that Ambassador John Bolton will fill his position.
I am pleased to announce that, effective 4/9/18, @AmbJohnBolton will be my new National Security Advisor. I am very thankful for the service of General H.R. McMaster who has done an outstanding job & will always remain my friend. There will be an official contact handover on 4/9.
Accompanying Trump's tweet, he also issued an official statement on McMaster.
“H.R. McMaster has served his country with distinction for more than 30 years. He has won many battles and his bravery and toughness are legendary. General McMaster’s leadership of the National Security Council staff has helped my administration accomplish great things to bolster America’s national security. He helped develop our America First National Security Strategy, revitalize our alliances in the Middle East, smash ISIS, bring North Korea to the table, and strengthen our nation’s prosperity. This work and those achievements will ensure that America builds on its economic and military advantages. I thank General McMaster and his family for their service and wish them the very best.”
The New York Times reported that H.R. McMaster would soon resign and retire from the United States military. According to the report, he had been discussing his departure for some time.
McMaster released an official statement:
“After thirty-four years of service to our nation, I am requesting retirement from the U.S. Army effective this summer after which I will leave public service. Throughout my career it has been my greatest privilege to serve alongside extraordinary servicemembers and dedicated civilians. I am thankful to President Donald J. Trump for the opportunity to serve him and our nation as national security advisor. I am grateful for the friendship and support of the members of the National Security Council who worked together to provide the President with the best options to protect and advance our national interests. I am especially proud to have served alongside the men and women of the National Security Council Staff who established a strong foundation for protecting the American people, promoting American prosperity, achieving peace through strength, and advancing American influence. I know that these patriots will continue to serve our President and our nation with distinction.”
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly said that the impact McMaster made while in service to the president will "be felt for years to come."
“LTG McMaster is a fine American and military officer. He has served with distinction and honor throughout his career in the U.S. Army and as the National Security Advisor. He brought and maintained discipline and energy to our vital interagency process," Kelly said in a statement. "He helped develop options for the President and ensured that those options were presented fully and fairly. A true solider-scholar, his impact on his country and this government will be felt for years to come.”
Just a week ago, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, tweeted that there "are no changes" coming to White House staffing.
Just spoke to @POTUS and Gen. H.R. McMaster - contrary to reports they have a good working relationship and there are no changes at the NSC.