By choosing to remain on active-duty, Army Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, President Donald Trump’s pick for national security advisor, will be the first active-duty military leader to serve in that role in roughly 30 years. No national security advisor has been on active duty since then-Army Lt. Gen. Colin Powell held the role for President Ronald Reagan from 1987 to the end of the Reagan administration in 1989.
One of the biggest impacts of McMaster remaining in uniform concerns the Senate. The appointment of a national security advisor is not normally subject to congressional approval. The billeting of senior military generals, however, must be approved by the Senate. McMaster has a stellar reputation, and his selection was met by bipartisan praise, so his confirmation is not likely to be in jeopardy. By remaining on active duty, however, senators, especially Democrats, will get a new opportunity to critique Trump’s controversial national security agenda through McMaster hearings.
The other side of the coin is that as one of the military’s youngest and most dynamic general officers, McMaster now has the chance to continue his military career. After serving as national security advisor, Powell was promoted to full general, and briefly commanded U.S. Army Forces Command before being tapped by President George H.W. Bush to serve as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. One could certainly see McMaster on a similar trajectory after this appointment by Trump made him maybe the most interesting general in the U.S. military.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Karl Munson pilots a 26-foot boat while Petty Officer 2nd Class Gabriel Diaz keeps an eye on a boarding team who is inspecting a 79-foot shrimp boat in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of New Orleans, La., on April 27, 2005
Radio transmissions to the U.S. Coast Guard are usually calls for help from boaters, but one captain got on the radio recently just to say thanks to the men and women who are currently working without pay.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Saturday to receive the remains of four Americans killed in a suicide bombing in northern Syria.
Trump, locked in a battle with congressional Democrats that has led to a nearly month-long partial government shutdown, announced his trip via a pre-dawn tweet, saying he was going "to be with the families of 4 very special people who lost their lives in service to our Country!"
Former President George W. Bush is calling for an end to the partial government shutdown, which is about to hit the one-month mark and is currently the longest shutdown in US history.
In an appeal made on Instagram, the 43rd president called on "leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown." The caption was posted with an image of him and former First Lady Laura Bush giving pizza to their Secret Service detail.