After a grueling week, the White House appears to be bouncing back as the president appointed General H.R. McMaster to the position of National Security Adviser.
This appointment has been applauded by members of the GOP like Senator John McCain who tweeted, “Lt Gen HR McMaster is outstanding choice for nat’l security advisor.”
Early Trump supporter Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas pitched the idea of appointing H.R. McMaster to the White House. In 2007, Senator Cotton nearly resigned from the army when it appeared that General McMaster would be forced out of his position.
McMaster who is 54, attended the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1984 and later earned a Ph.D. in American History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. McMaster earned his reputation as one of the most celebrated soldiers of the Iraq War. McMaster has no political alliances and is known as one of the least controversial generals in the United States Army.
This appointment shows that President Trump is placing high-ranking retired military generals in his administration. One example is the new Homeland Security Secretary John F. Kelly who is a retired Marine General and James Mattis who is a four-star general and now the Secretary of Defense.
The selection process for the new National Security Adviser did not go as planned as Robert S. Harward who was offered the job before, turned it down. Harward rejected the opportunity because he wanted to spend time with his family.
As the Trump Presidency continues, we will expect to see key appointments made.