Barack Obama names Denis McDonough as chief of staff

Current Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough smiles in the East Room of the White House in Washington, 25 January 2013 Denis McDonough is one of several Obama insiders promoted for the president's second term

Related Stories

US President Barack Obama has named Denis McDonough, his deputy national security adviser, as his new chief of staff.

Mr McDonough, 43, is taking over the position from Jack Lew, Mr Obama's nominee for treasury secretary.

He has worked for the president since Mr Obama's time in the Senate.

In a statement at the White House, the president called Mr McDonough "one of my closest and most trusted advisers".

"Denis has played a key role in every major national security decision of my presidency: ending the war in Iraq, winding down the war in Afghanistan, and from our response to natural disasters around the world like Haiti and the tsunami in Japan, to the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell," he said.

Mr McDonough's other predecessors in the role were Rahm Emanuel, William Daly and Pete Rouse.

Mr McDonough was one of several people alongside Mr Obama in a White House photograph watching the raid against Osama Bin Laden.

Counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan will be replaced by Lisa Monaco, former head of the justice department's National Security Division. Mr Brennan has been nominated to be the new head of the CIA.

Mr Obama also bade farewell on Friday to his election campaign manager, David Plouffe.

"If it were not for him, we would not have been as effective a White House, and I probably wouldn't be here," the president said.

White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer is being promoted to the job of senior adviser.

More on This Story

Related Stories

More US & Canada stories

RSS

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • Canada.Hidden rail trip

    Canada's tiny, two-car shuttle is a train lover's dream with scenic views

Programmes

  • A cargo shipThe Travel Show Watch

    It is not cheap or glamorous - so why are people choosing to travel by cargo ship?

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.