Denis McDonough, one of President Obama's top foreign-policy advisers, will be named the president's chief of staff this afternoon, according to the White House.
"Denis has been one of the President's closest and most trusted advisors for nearly a decade, dating back to when he helped set up then Senator Barack Obama's Senate office," a White House official tells NBC's Kristen Welker. "He has relied on his intellect and good judgment ever since- most recently as a member of the President's national security team. In that capacity, Denis has played a key role in all of the major national security decisions - from ending the war in Iraq to winding down the war in Afghanistan; from our response to natural disasters in Haiti and Japan; to the repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' As a veteran of Capitol Hill, Denis understands the importance of reaching across the aisle to make progress for the American people -whether it's on jobs and economy, health care or education, reducing the deficit or addressing climate change."
The president will make the widely expected announcement at 12:10 a.m. ET from the White House East Room as part of a slew of promotions for administration staffers.
McDonough will become Obama's fifth chief of staff, replacing Jack Lew, who was nominated by the president to become Treasury Secretary. Lew took over the post from Bill Daley, who was inserted in the post after Rahm Emanuel left the White House to run for mayor of Chicago. Longtime Obama adviser Pete Rouse briefly served as acting chief of staff between Emanuel's exit and Daley's entrance.
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