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>> General H.R McMaster.>> The selection of Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster to service Donald Trump's new National Security Advisor already raising eyebrows. Not because of his qualifications, as a combat veteran who rose to prominence in the first Golf War in the invasion of Iraq and in author with the PhD in history, but because his independent opinionated style could lead to a possible clash with his new boss.
Reuters' White House correspondent Jeff Mason.>> It is certainly true that McMaster has a history of challenging authority. He has spoken openly about sharing criticism with people who are in higher positions than he, and encourage that. And so that is somewhat unusual, that the White House chose somebody with that kind of a reputation.
When this White House, at least in its first sort of, short, month long tenure, has not been particularly open to criticism.>> And even though Trump praised the 54 year old McMaster when he made the announcement at his Mar-a-Lago resort Monday.>> He's a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience.
>> McMaster's independence might be a problem. As the national security advisor, McMaster will have broad influence over foreign policy. And will attend meetings with high-level officials in Trump's inner circle, like senior advisor Steve Bannon, who has a seat on the National Security Counsel. A big question for whoever leads the council was, would they have full control over Trump loyalists, like Bannon.
A question put to White House spokesman, Sean Spicer Tuesday.>> President has been very very clear with that. He is the National Security Advisor, and he will have whatever he needs to implement a successful team. But, ultimately, the President's always been the decider, whether it's Russia or any other issue.
>> If McMaster disagrees with the administration's strategy on, say, Russia, he isn't likely to back down.>> Certainly he is less sort of, open-minded about the relationship with Russia. McMaster is More along the lines of the establishment Republican view, that views Russia with more skepticism than this president has expressed.
>> McMaster is replacing Trump loyalist Michael Flynn, fired last week after reports emerged that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about speaking to Russia’s Ambassador to the US about sanctions before Trump's inauguration.