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Trump taps military strategist as national security adviser

The Associated Press

U.S. President Donald Trump, right, listens as Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster talks at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., on Monday, where Trump announced that McMaster will be the new national security adviser.

The Associated Press PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump has tapped Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, a prominent military strategist known as a creative thinker, as his new national security adviser, replacing the ousted Michael Flynn.

Trump announced the pick Monday at his Palm Beach, Florida, club and said McMaster is “a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience.”

In a White House statement issued late Monday, McMaster said he was honored to serve in his new role, adding, “The safety of the American people and the security of the American homeland are our top priorities.”

The president’s choice further elevates the influence of military officers in the new administration.

Trump, who has no military or foreign policy experience, has shown a strong preference for putting generals in top roles.

In this case, he tapped an active-duty officer for a post that’s sometimes used as a counterweight to the Pentagon. McMaster, who wore his uniform for the announcement, joins Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, both retired generals, in Trump’s inner circle of national security advisers.

The White House said Monday McMaster plans to remain on active military duty.

He will take on the challenge of leading a National Security Council that has not adjusted smoothly to Trump’s leadership.

The president suggested he does not trust holdovers from the Obama administration and complained about leaks to reporters. His decision to put his top political adviser on the senior committee of the National Security Council drew sharp criticism.Speech

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