Long before he became a statesman, H.R. McMaster was known as a scholar, writing a best-selling book that criticized US military commanders for failing to stand up to Lyndon Johnson during the Vietnam War.
Now a three-star Army general and US national security adviser, General McMaster’s take on advising presidents has global significance. And after President Trump removed controversial chief strategist Steve Bannon from a permanent post on the National Security Council (NSC) last week, McMaster is set to consolidate his influence in a White House responding to North Korean provocations and fallout from missile strikes on a Syrian airfield.
Could McMaster, a famous tactician, become a driving force behind Mr. Trump’s nascent foreign policy? The Monitor spoke to several NSC experts and former McMaster colleagues who explained how his influence could show up as the Trump administration faces key foreign policy tests in the Middle East and Asia.
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