The Latest: McMaster gets a parting ovation from WH staff

April 6, 2018
Outgoing National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster walks out of the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Friday, April 6, 2018, on his last day as he is applauded by staff. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster leaving his job as national security adviser (all times local):

4:20 p.m.

Outgoing national security adviser H.R. McMaster is being “clapped-out” of the West Wing on his final day on the job by hundreds of cheering White House and National Security Council staffers arrayed on West Executive Avenue.

Press secretary Sarah Sanders says McMaster and his family were greeted by President Donald Trump, who thanked him for his year-long service in the post. A three-star general, McMaster is set to retire from the Army later this year.

Sanders says McMaster also held his final transition meeting Friday with his replacement, former U.S. ambassador to the UN John Bolton. Bolton starts in the job on Monday.


3 p.m.

The White House is praising Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as a “terrific person” on his last day as national security adviser.

Press secretary Sarah Sanders paid tribute to McMaster, who is leaving after just over a year in office. He’ll be replaced Monday by John Bolton, a former ambassador to the UN.

Sanders says it has been “a real privilege” to work with him.

Trump told McMaster last month he wants a change in his foreign policy team. They differed on policy and never developed a strong personal relationship.

Trump was still fond of McMaster and had hoped to find him a suitable place in the military. But McMaster says he is retiring from the Army.