McDonough elevated to deputy national security adviser
By Scott Wilson
Denis R. McDonough, a close confidante of President Obama and one of his fiercest defenders inside and outside the government, has been promoted to the post of deputy national security adviser, the White House announced Friday.
McDonough, who served as Obama's senior foreign policy adviser during the 2008 presidential campaign, has been working as the national security council's chief of staff. With his elevation, the 40-year-old McDonough becomes the most senior of several influential deputy national security advisers whom Obama often turns to for advice before higher-ranking members of his foreign policy team.
"For years, I have counted on Denis McDonough's expertise and counsel on national security issues," Obama said in a statement announcing the promotion, which had been expected. "He possesses a remarkable intellect, irrepressible work ethic, and a sense of collegiality that has earned him the respect of his colleagues."
A Hill veteran who worked for then-Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD) and then-Rep. Lee Hamilton (D-Ind.), McDonough rises into the post vacated by Thomas E. Donilon, whom Obama named as his national security adviser earlier this month. Donilon replaced James L. Jones, the retired Marine general, who often felt out of place atop a national security team staffed by officials such as McDonough who have worked for Obama far longer and know him much better than he did.
In his own statement, Donilon said, "Under the leadership of General Jones, Denis has been an essential member of our national security team, leading our staff and tackling the full range of tough national security challenges that we have faced."
"I could not ask for a better colleague, and I look forward to continuing to work with Denis and our talented and hard-working National Security Staff as we carry forward our effort to advance a safer, stronger, and more prosperous America," Donilon said in the statement.
| October 22, 2010; 11:26 AM ET
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