Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster Tapped For National Security Adviser

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President Donald Trump, right, speaks as Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, left, listens at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., Monday, Feb. 20, 2017.
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Following the resignation of National Security Advisor General Michael Flynn and the self-withdrawal of retired Vice Admiral Robert Harward, President Donald Trump announced on Monday that Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster will take on the role as national security advisor.

General McMaster is a West Point graduate who earned a Silver Star for duty during the 1991 Gulf War, and is well regarded for his innovative military strategies.

"He is a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience," the president said Monday. "I watched and read a lot over the last two days. He is highly respected by everybody in the military, and we're very honored to have him."

George Packer, a staff writer at The New Yorker who first wrote about McMaster in 2006, explains what you need to know about McMaster’s appointment.