Appointments, Confirmations & Budgets

Avril Haines to Be Deputy National Security Adviser

By Wells Bennett
Thursday, December 18, 2014, 8:20 PM

The Washington Post reports:

Avril D. Haines will become deputy to national security adviser Susan E. Rice, returning to the White House just 18 months after she left to be CIA Director John Brennan’s second in command, administration officials said Thursday.

Haines will succeed Antony Blinken, confirmed by the Senate this week as deputy secretary of state.

The musical chairs among the administration’s senior national security aides comes as President Obama positions himself for his last two years in office, faced with an overflow of world crises and a Republican-controlled Congress determined to check his policy-making power.