>> We've been working all weekend, very diligently, very hard.>> President Donald Trump announcing Monday that Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond McMaster will be his new National Security Adviser, a week after firing Retired Army Lieutenant General, and Trump loyalist, Michael Flynn, over his contacts with Russia.>> He's a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience.
I watched and read a lot over the last two days, he is highly respected by everybody in the military.>> Trump again turning to the US military to play a central role on his foreign policy team. His first choice for the job after Flynn's departure, Vice Admiral Robert Harwood, turned down the offer last week, citing family and financial reasons.
54-year-old McMaster is a West Point graduate known as HR with a PhD in US History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was listed as one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2014, partly because of his willingness to buck the system. Reuter's White House correspondent, Jeff Mason was at the announcement in Palm Beach, Florida.
>> Trump's choice was a bit of a surprise to some, because McMaster is known for speaking his mind, and being critical of people in higher authority positions, not something that everyone in the military welcomes, and not necessarily something that the Trump White House welcomes either.>> I look forward to joining the National Security team and doing everything I can to advance and protect the interests of the American people.
>> Trump also naming Keith Kellogg as Chief of Staff to the National Security Council, the retired US Army General had been serving as the acting National Security Advisor.>> I am privileged to serve alongside a term of