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Inside McMaster's months as national security adviser

McMaster leans forward
McMaster in the White House. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The New Yorker's Patrick Radden Keefe explores the tumultuous White House tenure of former national security adviser H.R. McMaster — through interviews with friends, colleagues, and current and former National Security Council staffers — and reports on what lies ahead with John Bolton at the helm.

Inside the West Wing: "The morning after he was fired, McMaster called an all-hands meeting ... McMaster exuded optimism, not bitterness, praising his colleagues and exhorting them to do everything they could to empower his successor, John Bolton — an unrepentant hawk who is expected to adopt a more Kissingerian approach to the position."

  • "McMaster will retire from the Army on June 1st. He will teach, give lectures, sit on corporate boards, and make money."
  • "And perhaps he will write another book — one that interrogates his own calibration of the balance between duty and honor in the service of a President who didn’t want to be challenged."
  • Worthy of your time.
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