Obama Announces McDonough as Chief of Staff

The POTUS welcomes new addition to his White House staff and says goodbye to key strategist.

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McDonough, Obama, Lew (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

On Friday, the POTUS announced David Plouffe, his head political strategist, is stepping down, and Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough will step in as chief of staff, according to the Washington Post.

McDonough, 43, replaced Jack Lew, whom Obama has nominated to run the Treasury Department. White House officials said Tony Blinken, a national security adviser to Vice President Biden, would replace McDonough as the No. 2 official on the National Security Council. Obama also named Assistant Attorney General Lisa Monaco to replace Counterterrorism Adviser John Brennan, who has been nominated to lead the CIA.

Monaco adds more female diversity among the administration's top leadership, as Obama seeks to rebut criticism that his national security team, in particular, is too dominated by men. In addition to Lew and Brennan, Obama has nominated white men to head the departments of State and Defense, although this week he also named Mary Jo White to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Inside the West Wing, Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, who, like McDonough, is a veteran of Obama's 2008 campaign, will replace Plouffe, the leading political adviser during Obama's first term.

Read more at the Washington Post

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