By Jarrod Walley |Staff Writer|
Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster selected to replace Michael Flynn as President Trump’s national security adviser.
McMaster is more than qualified for the job with a military background spanning over three decades per the statement released by whitehouse.gov and arcic.army.mil. He has served in the Gulf War, Afghanistan, and Iraq.
McMaster also has an impressive educational background as a graduate of the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York. In addition, he received a PhD in military history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has also written an acclaimed book titled Dereliction of Duty.
He is currently an active duty three star general and is the acting director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center, which focuses on developing concepts to improve the Army.
Before his acceptance of the national security adviser position, he served as Deputy Commanding General, Futures at the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.
Student Manuel Elias said, “McMaster seems like a good choice: he has an accomplished military career. I’m wary of [President] Trump’s ability to follow his advice, but we’ll see.”
There is no question about the professional background of McMaster. However, there is some concern about his lack of experience in diplomatic affairs, and in the White House.
Unlike other national security advisers, McMaster has spent his entire career in the military. He has not held a position in the white house prior to his now appointed position.
“It’s not necessarily a bad thing that he hasn’t worked in the White House,” said student Julie Lopez. “I look at it like [he’s] bringing something new to the position. He hasn’t been corrupted by politics.”
McMaster is a serviceman of his country, and hopes to fulfill his duties in advising President Trump on matters of national security. He will be taking over for acting national security adviser Keith Kellogg, who took over after Michael Flynn’s resignation.