Published Monday, February 20, 2017 4:25PM CST
Last Updated Monday, February 20, 2017 7:20PM CST
An arrest warrant has been issued for a man Saskatchewan RCMP say threatened staff at the Kamsack Hospital. Mounties are searching for Fred Cote Jr. The 31-year-old threatened the hospital and its staff on Saturday morning, which prompted the Sunrise Health Region to implement security protocols, according to police.
The region has since locked the doors of the hospital and stationed a security guard at the entrance. The guard is monitoring who s entering and exiting the hospital, the region says. Cote Jr., who s described as 5-9 and 185 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes, may be armed and should not be approached, RCMP say. He was last seen driving away from the hospital in an older, green pickup truck. The hospital s doors are expected to remain locked overnight Monday, with operations returning to normal Tuesday, according to the health region.
- Author: Jeff Mason, Patricia Zengerle, Reuters
- Updated: 3 hours ago
- Published 4 hours ago
Newly named National Security Adviser Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster listens as President Donald Trump makes the announcement at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., February 20, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
WASHINGTON President Donald Trump said on Monday that Lt. Gen. Herbert Raymond McMaster would be his new national security adviser, again turning to the U.S. military to play a central role on his foreign policy team. Trump also named Keith Kellogg, a retired U.S. Army General who has been serving as the acting national security adviser, as chief of staff to the National Security Council. Speaking to reporters in West Palm Beach where he spent the weekend, Trump said John Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, would serve the administration in another capacity. McMaster is a highly regarded military tactician and strategic thinker, but his selection surprised some observers who wondered how McMaster, who is known for questioning authority, would deal with a White House that has not welcomed criticism.
He replaces a Trump loyalist. Michael Flynn, a retired Army lieutenant general, was fired as national security adviser on Feb. 13 after reports emerged that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about speaking to Russia’s ambassador about U.S. sanctions before Trump’s inauguration. The ouster, coming so early in Trump’s administration, was another upset for a White House that has been hit by miscues, including the controversial rollout of a travel ban on people from seven Muslim-majority countries, since the Republican president took office on Jan. 20. Trump spent the weekend considering his options for replacing Flynn. His first choice, retired Vice Adm. Robert Harward, turned down the job last week.
The national security adviser is an independent aide to the president and does not require confirmation by the U.S. Senate. The role has varied from administration to administration, but the adviser attends National Security Council meetings along with the heads of the State Department, the Department of Defense and key security agencies. McMaster, 54, is a West Point graduate known as “H.R.,” with a doctorate in U.S. history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was listed as one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2014, partly because of his willingness to buck the system. A combat veteran, he gained renown in the first Gulf War and was awarded a Silver Star after he commanded a small troop of the U.S. 2nd Army Cavalry Regiment that destroyed a much larger Iraqi Republican Guard force in 1991 in a place called 73 Easting, for its map coordinates, in what many consider the biggest tank battle since World War II.
As one fellow officer put it, referring to Trump’s inner circle of aides and speaking on condition of anonymity, the Trump White House “has its own Republican Guard, which may be harder for him to deal with than the Iraqis were.” The Iraqi Republican Guard was ousted dictator Saddam Hussein’s elite military force.
McMaster’s fame grew after his 1997 book “Dereliction of Duty” criticized the country’s military and political leadership for poor leadership during the Vietnam War.
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