Obama Appoints A Nigerian, Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo As Deputy National Security Adviser

President Barack Obama has tapped Adewale “Wally” Adeyemo, who served in top roles at the Treasury Department, to succeed Caroline Atkinson as his deputy national security adviser for international economic affairs.

Ms. Atkinson has served in her current post since June 2013, a position that includes coordinating U.S. participation in the annual summits of the Group of 20 and Group of Seven countries. Ms. Atkinson also played key roles in the recently concluded climate negotiations in Paris and in pushing the White House’s trade agenda, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement.

Mr. Adeyemo, 34, joined the White House’s National Economic Council as deputy director this fall from the Treasury, where he served most recently as the deputy chief of staff to Secretary Jacob Lew. He was the Treasury’s lead negotiator on the currency agreement that was part of the Pacific trade deal.

Mr. Adeyemo also worked on Treasury’s response to crises in Ukraine and Greece and in 2010 was one of the first officials charged with standing up the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

In a statement, Mr. Obama thanked Ms. Atkinson for her service and said he was grateful that Mr. Adeyemo would carry on her work. Mr. Adeyemo had been nominated by Mr. Obama to serve as assistant Treasury secretary for international markets and development, but a White House official said Mr. Adeyemo had asked the president to withdraw the nomination given his new role.

Mr. Lew said that Mr. Adeyemo had “developed a network of international relationships in economic offices around the world to promote U.S. interests effectively.” Former Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said Mr. Adeyemo, who joined the administration in 2009, was a “natural diplomat with a great feel for policy.”

The position has served as a springboard to even higher profile international finance posts. Michael Froman, who is currently the U.S. trade representative, held the post under both Mr. Obama and President Bill Clinton. Federal Reserve governor Lael Brainard, who previously served as a senior Treasury official in the Obama administration, held the post in the Clinton administration.

Wall Street Journal

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Jo Maji
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Jo Maji

Times are changing, it’s dawn and the originality of God’s flair for this nation-Nigeria is emerging with glory. The Times of the Gentiles in grand style, God’s divine appointment.

Lanre
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Lanre

Wgat a fantastic and incredible profile. Congrat wale

Qamldeen Olayemi Oyeyemi
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Qamldeen Olayemi Oyeyemi

Congratulation

Folakemi Adeyemo
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Folakemi Adeyemo

congratution keep the good work going

Folakemi Adeyemo
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Folakemi Adeyemo

congratulation keep the work going

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daveraph@yahoo.co.uk

As people praises you, because of your recent appointment I pray for more wisdom and God direction as you assumed office. Do not forget you need God please very important

Folake Odusiga
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Folake Odusiga

Congratulations brother

Bola Samuel
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Bola Samuel

So Young and talented, keep on the good work my dear.
You ‘re an example to the world. The Lord almighty will continue to guide your knowledge and understanding.

david ojo Adekunle
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david ojo Adekunle

Omo Yoruba atata, we are proud of you, we want to see you as American President soon.

Toyin
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Toyin

This can never happen in Nigeria because the old farts will never get out of the way for the young talents to show them the way, so the whole country stays in its rotten ways.