Obama makes a Starbucks run
June 9th, 2014
03:27 PM ET
4 months ago

Obama makes a Starbucks run

Washington (CNN) - The afternoon coffee run – it's a must for office workers worldwide, including, apparently, President Barack Obama.

At around 2:30 p.m. ET on Monday, the commander-in-chief – with little warning to his aides, security detail or the press that follow him everywhere – burst the White House bubble and walked a block to the nearest Starbucks.

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Filed under: Denis McDonough • President Obama
White House orders review of accidental CIA leak
May 27th, 2014
05:15 PM ET
4 months ago

White House orders review of accidental CIA leak

(CNN) – White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough has ordered a review of how the name of the CIA station chief in Afghanistan was inadvertently released to reporters, Deputy National Security Advisor Antony Blinken told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

"It shouldn't have happened. We're trying to figure out why it happened. In fact, Chief of Staff Denis McDonough asked the White House consel to look into it, to figure out what happened and to make sure it won't happen again," Blinken said in an interview that will air Tuesday on "The Situation Room" at 5 p.m. ET.
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Biden, McDonough greet returning federal workers
October 17th, 2013
10:03 AM ET
11 months ago

Biden, McDonough greet returning federal workers

White House (CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden and White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough welcomed federal workers returning to their jobs Thursday morning following the 16-day partial government shutdown

"It's really good to have everybody back to work," McDonough said after shaking hands with a steady stream of employees walking through the gates that lead to the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
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Filed under: Denis McDonough • Government Shutdown • Joe Biden • White House
GOP congressman invited to WH after first being ignored
September 9th, 2013
08:23 PM ET
1 year ago

GOP congressman invited to WH after first being ignored

Washington (CNN) - A Republican congressman, whose offer to help the president on Syria was ignored last week, said he met with the White House chief of staff on Monday.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois met with Denis McDonough one day after he said in a TV interview that the White House did not reach out to him when he proposed helping them gather votes of support for the president’s Syria proposal.
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Filed under: Denis McDonough • Syria • White House
Peter King and other House Republicans meet with WH chief of staff
September 9th, 2013
03:33 PM ET
1 year ago

Peter King and other House Republicans meet with WH chief of staff

Washington (CNN) – New York Republican Rep. Peter King, a supporter of military action in Syria, and several other House GOP members met with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough Monday at the White House to discuss Syria and the president's speech Tuesday night.

King declined to identify the whole group, but said Reps. Tom Cotton, Mike Pompeo, and Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers – all of whom back the president's plan in Syria – were among those in the meeting.
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Filed under: Denis McDonough • Peter King • Syria
September 8th, 2013
09:04 AM ET
1 year ago

WH chief of staff: ‘This is not Iraq or Afghanistan’

(CNN) – White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough argued Sunday that a military strike in Syria would not be a repeat of previous U.S. involvements in the Middle East or North Africa.

On CNN’s “State of the Union,” McDonough said it’s “common sense” that the Syrian regime carried out the deadly chemical weapons attack last month that the U.S. government says left more than 1,400 dead in a Damascus suburb. He added the Obama administration feels “very good about the support” it has from other countries, though he wouldn’t say whether any of that support goes beyond moral backing.
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Filed under: Denis McDonough • Syria • TV-State of the Union
Pryor a 'no' on Syria
Sen. Mark Pryor, seen here in a political ad, is a "no" on striking Syria.
September 7th, 2013
01:53 PM ET
1 year ago

Pryor a 'no' on Syria

WASHINGTON (CNN) - As the Obama administration sells its plan for limited military strikes against Syria, an Arkansas Democrat says he "cannot support military action at this time."

Sen. Mark Pryor issued a statement Saturday saying President Obama and his national security team have not yet made an effective case for taking action against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

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WH: Obama not violating privacy; Snowden's whereabouts unknown
June 16th, 2013
04:28 PM ET
1 year ago

WH: Obama not violating privacy; Snowden's whereabouts unknown

(CNN) – President Barack Obama does not feel that he has violated the privacy of any American, his chief of staff, Denis McDonough, confirmed Sunday.

Asked directly if Obama feels that way regarding the government's controversial surveillance programs, McDonough said simply, "He does not."
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Filed under: Denis McDonough • NSA • President Obama • White House
McCain, Feinstein, McDonough travel to Guantanamo Bay
June 7th, 2013
07:24 PM ET
1 year ago

McCain, Feinstein, McDonough travel to Guantanamo Bay

Updated 7:24 p.m. ET on 6/7

(CNN) - American officials who toured Guantanamo Bay Friday said their visit underscored their belief the detention facility must close.

“We continue to believe that it is in our national interest to end detention at Guantanamo, with a safe and orderly transition of the detainees to other locations," read a joint from White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California.
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White House aims to spend 10% of its time on controversies
May 18th, 2013
05:33 PM ET
1 year ago

White House aims to spend 10% of its time on controversies

(CNN) – With the White House slashing its way through the recent brush of controversy, the president is putting out the message that he's focused on the economy as the administration enters another week of hearings on Capitol Hill.

"That’s why I like getting out of the Washington echo chamber whenever I can – because too often, our politics aren’t focused on the same things you are," he said Saturday in his weekly address, referring to his jobs tour that took him to Baltimore this week. "Working hard. Supporting your family and your community. Making sure your kids have every chance in life."
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Filed under: Denis McDonough • President Obama
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