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Trump names counter-insurgency strategist as national security adviser

The appointment of Gen McMaster comes after Flynn quits and Harward turns down the key post

Washington

US President Donald Trump tapped respected Army lieutenant-general HR McMaster as his national security adviser on Monday, hoping to course-correct after his first pick resigned and his second turned down the vital post.

Mr Trump announced the counter-insurgency strategist's appointment at his Florida estate Mar-a-Lago, ending a one-week search to replace Michael Flynn, who lasted less than a month on the job.

Mr Flynn was forced to resign on Feb 13, after questionable contacts with the Russian government and revelations that he lied about them to the vice-president and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Mr Trump scrambled to replace Mr Flynn after retired vice-admiral Robert Harward...

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