H.R. McMaster Makes Hasty Exit Offstage: ‘Phone Call I Absolutely Have to Take’

White House National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster walks into the Rose Garden before President Donald Trump announces his decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement at the White House June 1, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump pledged on the campaign trail to withdraw from the accord, which former …
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WASHINGTON, DC – National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster made an abrupt exit from the stage during a Washington, DC, think tank event at which he was speaking, sparking confusion and curiosity from the audience.

McMaster was onstage with British National Security Adviser Mark Sedwill at a forum hosted by Policy Exchange to foster relations between the U.S. and the U.K.

The two each delivered remarks and were about 15 minutes into a question and answer period when McMaster interrupted the moderator and his British counterpart, who was in the middle of answering a question.

“Well, just quickly, I have a phone call that I absolutely have to take,” he said, before going on to answer the question about Iran and North Korea and exiting the stage.

“Thank you so much, and uh, I really appreciate the conversation. I’d like Mark to take on all the other questions. I hope you saved the most difficult ones ’til the end,” he said.

The moderator quickly wrapped up the event.

The sudden end sparked confusion and some joking. An attendee joked to another that it was a call from the “missus.”

Some went online to discuss the awkward departure:

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