His second choice, Robert Harward, refused the position for numerous reasons, including the chaotic nature of the White House administration. For his third and final pick, Trump didn't take any chances, appointing an active duty general who couldn't refuse his request.
The announcement was made Monday at Trump's private member's club Mar-a-Lago. Trump had spent the weekend there, interviewing potential candidates for the role.
"He's a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience," Trump said with McMaster sat next to him. "I watched and read a lot over the last two days. He is highly respected by everyone in the military, and we're very honored to have him."
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