Home / DoD / National Security Adviser James L. Jones to Resign

National Security Adviser James L. Jones to Resign

Photo: zimbio.com
Photo: zimbio.com

White House National Security Adviser James L. Jones will resign, NBC News reports. He will be replaced by Deputy National Security Adviser Tom Donilon.

President Barack Obama is expected to make a formal announcement from the Rose Garden at 1 p.m., NBC News reports.

Jones’ resignation will take effect in two weeks, according to the AP, and it follows a string of high-level administration departures or announcements about White House exits.

After weeks of speculation, Rahm Emanuel announced last Friday he would step down as chief of staff to run for mayor of Chicago. Earlier this month, senior White House adviser David Axelrod revealed he would be leaving Washington early next year to begin work on President Obama’s re-election efforts.

Before Obama appointed Jones, a retired Marine Corps general, in 2009, he served as commander of the United States European Command and as NATO Supreme Allied commander for Europe.

Jones kept a low profile, the AP reports, but still “put his stamp on Obama’s major foreign policy decisions over the last 20 months, included a beefed-up troop presence in Afghanistan, a winding down of the war in Iraq and a retooled relationship with Russia.”

Donilon, Jones’ replacement, has been a key player in national-security policymaking and is “is known for bringing an understanding of domestic policy and politics to the job,” according to the AP.

Check Also

GAO: Air Force to Deploy New Combat Rescue Helicopters to Active Component by FY 2020

The Government Accountability Office has found that the U.S. Air Force intends to start fielding in fiscal 2020 new Combat Rescue Helicopters to replace aging HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters that have recorded the most flight time when it comes to staff recovery missions. GAO said in a report published Thursday the service will initially deploy the new helicopters to the active component six years ahead of the reserve component and to the Air National Guard by 2027.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *