President Donald Trump, joined by (left to right) Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, Vice President Mike Pence, senior adviser Steve Bannon, Communications Director Sean Spicer and National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.
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WASHINGTON -- US President Donald Trump tapped Herbert Raymond "H. R." McMaster to serve as his national security advisor on Monday, ending an expedited search prompted by the firing of General Michael Flynn.
A graduate of West Point and career army officer, McMaster made his name questioning US policy-making in Vietnam during the war, producing Dereliction of Duty, a thesis still read in military circles to this day. He has since served in leading roles in the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters.
Trump was forced to find a new national security advisor after it was revealed that Michael Flynn, a former army lieutenant general, had lied to the vice president about the nature of his conversations with senior Russian diplomats during the presidential transition period.
McMaster is "a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience," Trump said alongside him at his Mar-a-Lago estate complex in Florida.
Trump also appointed Keith Kellogg, a retired lieutenant general, as National Security Council chief of staff.