Trump Nominates H.R. McMaster for National Security Advisor, Keith Kellogg for Security Chief of Staff

By Melanie Arter | February 20, 2017 | 4:03pm EST
President Trump shakes hands with Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., on, Feb. 20, 2017, where he announced that McMaster will be the new national security adviser. (Susan Walsh / AP)

( - President Donald Trump announced Monday that he has nominated Lt. Gen. Herbert Raymond McMaster to be national security advisor, calling him “a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience.”

Trump also announced that he has nominated retired Army Lt. Gen.Keith Kellogg to be National Security Council chief of staff.


Trump called McMaster “highly respected by everyone in the military.”

“He also has known for a long time, General Keith Kellogg, who I also have gotten to know this terrific man. They will be working together, and Keith is going to be chief of staff, and I think that combination is something very, very special,” Trump said, appearing with both men at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, Fla.   

“I met with many other people. Tremendous respect for the people I met with,” Trump said.

The president said he will be asking former U.S. Ambassador John Bolton to work with the administration “in a somewhat different capacity.”

“We had some really good meetings with him,” Trump said about Bolton. “Knows a lot. Has a good number of ideas that I must tell you I agree very much with. So we’ll be talking with John Bolton in a different capacity, and we’ll be talking to some of the other generals that I’ve met, that I’ve really, really gained a lot of respect for," Trump said.

McMaster called it “a privilege” to continue serving the nation, adding that he’s grateful to Trump for that opportunity.

“I look forward to joining the national security team and doing everything that I can to advance and protect the interests of the American people,” McMaster said.

Kellogg thanked Trump, saying he’s “very honored” and “very privileged” by his nomination and “honored and privileged to serve alongside” McMaster, who he’s “known for years as well.”

Kellogg called McMaster “a great statesman” and “a great soldier.”

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