Less than a month before key midterm elections, another high profile member of US President Barak Obama’s administration is stepping down.
Former Marine general, Jim Jones is quiting as National Security advisor.
He is being replaced by Tom Donilon who, unlike Jones, is seen as part of the President’s inner circle.
“Over the last two years, there is not a single critical national security issue that has not crossed Tom’s desk. He has helped manage our national security team and the policymaking process,” Obama told journalists as he announced the change.
Donilon’s position on Afghanistan is notably different to that of Jones. He was a skeptic of the 2009 troop surge strategy Jones helped draw up.
A comprehensive review of that strategy is set for December.
Jones is the latest in a series of high profile aides to leave the administration. Others include budget director Peter Orszag, economic advisor Larry Summers who is leaving by the end of the year, and White House chief of staff, Rahm Emmanuel.