Another shake-up at the White House has the national media buzzing. We’re proud of Ambassador John Bolton for getting named to the position.
USA Today reports:
WASHINGTON — President Trump fired his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, Thursday and named John Bolton to succeed him, according to the White House.
McMaster’s ouster comes amid a period of particular turmoil in Trump’s national security team, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was fired March 13 and CIA Director Mike Pompeo was named to replace him.
There has been friction between Trump and McMaster. Last month, Trump upbraided McMaster after the general told a national security conference in Munich that there was “incontrovertible” evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Trump tweeted that McMaster “forgot to say that the results of the 2016 election were not impacted or changed by the Russians and that the only Collusion was between Russia and Crooked H, the DNC and the Dems. Remember the Dirty Dossier, Uranium, Speeches, Emails and the Podesta Company!”
An Army lieutenant general, McMaster was appointed national security adviser in February 2017 after President Trump fired Michael Flynn, the former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency and another Army three-star general.
McMaster, 55, came from the Army with a reputation for innovation in combat and challenging authority.
General McMaster forgot to say that the results of the 2016 election were not impacted or changed by the Russians and that the only Collusion was between Russia and Crooked H, the DNC and the Dems. Remember the Dirty Dossier, Uranium, Speeches, Emails and the Podesta Company!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018
In 1991, he won a Silver Star for valor during the start of the ground phase of the Gulf War that defeated Iraqi forces. In 2005, he led a brigade in the embattled city of Tal Afar, pioneering the counterinsurgency tactics that became the centerpiece of Gen. David Petraeus’ strategy that brought relative stability to Iraq for a time.
A graduate of West Point, McMaster went on to earn a doctorate in history from the University of North Carolina. His book, Dereliction of Duty: Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies That Led to Vietnam, heaped criticism on military brass for supporting a war they doubted could be won.
McMaster caught the eye influential officers on his ascent in the ranks, including Marine Gen. Jim Mattis, who recognized his ability when he oversaw Joint Forces Command in Suffolk, Va., and McMaster was a student at a training course for rising stars in 2009. Mattis is now Defense secretary.