Former Obama Adviser Signs On With Chamber of Commerce
After resigning from the Obama administration last fall, former national security adviser General James L. Jones (Ret.) has signed on with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the business federation announced Thursday.
Jones headed up the group's Institute for 21st Century Energy before being tapped by the Obama administration, and will now serve as a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Fellow, providing advice on policy issues affecting the business community.
"His advice on a wide range of economic and national security issues will prove invaluable to the Chamber, our members, and our country as we work aggressively to create jobs, spur the economy, and engage the world," U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue said of Jones, a former Marine Corps Commandant, in a release.
The Obama administration butted heads with the business group during the 2010 election over improper funding accusations, but has since appeared to make amends - with the president making remarks before the Chamber in February.
Jones, whom the president called "a confidant and friend," stepped down from his Obama administration post in October amidst rumors of tension with other top advisers. He was replaced by his deputy, Tom Donilon.
"I am delighted to be working with the U.S. Chamber again," Jones said in a release. "This is an organization that makes a difference. I am pleased to serve in an advisory role and help shape its policies and its agenda for American jobs and competitiveness."