WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has chosen longtime trusted adviser and national security expert Denis McDonough as his fifth chief of staff.
A White House official said this morning that Obama will announce McDonough’s appointment today in the East Room.
McDonough, 43, will take over the key West Wing role from Jack Lew, Obama’s nominee for Treasury secretary.
McDonough has advised Obama on foreign policy for nearly a decade and most recently served as the president’s deputy national security adviser. He is highly regarded by White House staffers.
McDonough’s place in Obama’s inner circle was illustrated during the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden in May 2011. He is among those whose images are captured in a White House photograph seated in the situation room with Obama and other senior officials watching the raid unfold.