(WASHINGTON) — Deputy National Security Adviser Denis McDonough is the likely choice to be President Obama’s next chief of staff, replacing Jack Lew, who has been nominated to be Treasury Secretary.
White House officials say the president has not made a final decision, but informed sources say they expect McDonough will be chosen.
As ABC News reported last week, the other candidate under consideration has been Ron Klain, the former chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden.
McDonough has been a top Obama foreign policy advisor since the early days of his 2008 presidential campaign. He is one of those seen in the White House photo watching the Osama bin Laden raid unfold from the Situation Room with the president and his senior national security advisors.
For those counting, McDonough would be Obama’s fifth chief of staff. Rahm Emanuel, Bill Daly, Pete Rouse (interim) and Jack Lew all served in the same position.
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