February 15, 2021

Sullivan is Biden's national security 'listener'

Source: The Hill

Journalists: Morgan Chalfant, Amie Parnes

When Hillary Clinton was deciding whether she’d run for president for a second time in 2012, she talked up Jake Sullivan, a young aide at the time who is now President Biden’s national security adviser.

“I told my husband about this incredibly bright rising star — Rhodes Scholar, Yale Law School,” Clinton said of Sullivan during a foreign policy conference at the time.

“And my husband said, ‘Well, if he ever learns to play the saxophone, watch out,’ ” she added to laughter from the crowd. “Now we travel all over the world together and people say how excited they are to meet a potential future president of the United States, and of course they mean Jake.”

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