Petraeus praises McMaster who served during 'particularly challenging' year

Matt Saintsing
March 23, 2018 - 11:34 am

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Former CIA director and retired U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus lauded Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, President Trump’s outgoing national security advisor Thursday, as a public servant who served during a “particularly challenging” year.

News broke that former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton would replace McMaster while Petraeus was speaking at a Veterans in Global Leadership event in Washington, D.C.

 “I think very, very highly of him,” Petraeus said of McMaster, adding he’s “someone who is not one to leave something left unsaid.”

“I welcome that, I want people to be willing to cross swords,” said Petraeus. “Not everyone is in that camp, obviously.”

McMaster was Petraeus’ subordinate while both were serving in the Army, and Petraeus praised his expertise in counterinsurgency when they both served in Iraq. As a Colonel, McMaster oversaw the first battle of the northern Iraqi city of Tal Afar, a once hot-bed of insurgent activity. 

President Trump announced via Twitter that Bolton will take over McMaster’s post in the White House on April. 9.

“I think he served the country very, very well in a very challenging and difficult job at the best of times,” Petraeus said, adding the position had been “particularly challenging in the course of the last year or so.”