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Trump names H.R. McMaster as national security adviser

Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster. (Source: U.S. Army) Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster. (Source: U.S. Army)

(RNN) - President Donald Trump introduced Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser Monday in a statement from his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, FL.

McMaster was the former commander of the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning.

"I'd just like to say what a privilege it is to be able to continue serving our nation," McMaster said. "I am grateful to (the president) for that opportunity, and I look forward to joining the national security team and doing everything I can to advance and protect the interests of the American people."

He replaces Michael Flynn, who was asked to resign Feb. 13 after serving in the position for 24 days. Flynn gave what he called "incomplete information" to the vice president and other members of the Trump Administration on the discussion he had with the Russian ambassador prior to Donald Trump taking office. He said he had not talked in December about new sanctions the U.S. was imposing but later said he couldn't remember if the sanctions had been discussed with Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Trump had planned to offer the job to Adm. Robert Harward, but he turned it down. Reports cited administration officials saying Harward was concerned over being able to name his own staff and the organization of the White House under Trump. Another report, citing a White House official, said Harward's family asked him not to take the job.

McMaster wrote the 1997 book called Dereliction of Duty: Johnson, McNamara, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Lies that Led to Vietnam, which was highly critical of the U.S. leadership.

He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1984 and earned a PhD. in military history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said others in the running were former ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton and Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen, superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

"John is a terrific guy. He knows a lot. And he has, I must tell you, a good number of ideas I very much agree with," Trump said of Bolton "We will be talking to John Bolton in another capacity."

Acting national security adviser Keith Kellogg and former CIA Director David Petraeus also were rumored to be candidates. 

"Whoever it is that would agree to take that position certainly should do so with some very, very significant assurances that he or she would have authorities over the personnel of the organization - that there would be a commitment to a disciplined process and procedures," said Petraeus of the position over the weekend. 

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