WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is planning to elevate a key national security deputy, Denis R. McDonough, to White House chief of staff, administration officials said Wednesday, making perhaps his closest foreign policy adviser the gatekeeper to the Oval Office.
Though Obama hasn't made a final decision, aides said, they expect an announcement early next week. McDonough's appointment would continue the president's practice of putting the people he trusts most in critical positions. McDonough would succeed Jacob J. Lew, another close aide whom Obama has nominated as Treasury secretary.
It also would place a national security expert in a job that will require confronting a range of thorny domestic issues, including budget negotiations, gun violence and immigration, as well as dealing with Congress.