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TRUMP NAMES GEN HR McMASTER AS NEW NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER


President Donald Trump has appointed Lt Gen Herbert Raymond "HR" McMaster as the new national security adviser, following Lt Gen Michael Flynn stepping down after contact made with Russian officials prior to inauguration.

Mr Trump announced his new Security Adviser at his West Palm Beach resort and de facto Camp David, Mar-a-Lago. He said Mr McMaster is "a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience".

Lt Gen Keith Kellogg had served as acting national security adviser, and will now serve as the chief of staff of the National Security Council.

The appointments follows a stormy end to the Trump administration's first month in office.

It included the blockage of Mr Trump's controversial executive order to ban travel from seven Muslim-majority countries by a federal court, Mr Flynn's forced resignation, and the withdrawal of Labour Secretary pick Andy Puzder after decades-old domestic violence allegations came to light.

The appointment of Mr McMaster, 54, has come as a surprise to some, as he is known for pushing back against authority.

It calls into question how well he will work with a president who values loyalty to a fault and will not waste time to discredit any criticism.