The president touted McMaster's credentials, saying he is "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, and we're very honored to have him," the president added.
McMaser called it a "privilege" to be appointed national security adviser. "I would just like to say what a privilege it is to be able to continue serving our nation," McMaster told reporters. "I'm grateful to you for that opportunity, and 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, 54, has been regarded as "smart, energetic, and tough" by Tom Ricks of Foreign Policy. When McMaster was a colonel he served as an advising officer on counterinsurgency operations in Iraq for David Petraeus, who was leading U.S. combat operations in the country at the time.