Ex-Clinton Aide Sullivan to Lead Group Challenging Trump Agenda

  • New post may rule him out as contender for Google lobbying job
  • Sullivan to lead group with ex-national security aide Rhodes

Jake Sullivan

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Jake Sullivan, a former top adviser for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, will co-chair a newly formed advocacy group to challenge the Trump administration’s foreign policy agenda.

Sullivan, who was a senior aide to Clinton at the State Department then later on her 2016 campaign, will help run the National Security Action group with Ben Rhodes, a former deputy national security adviser for President Barack Obama.

Sullivan’s new role could take him out of the running to become Google’s next head of international policy, a key post as the company faces rising regulatory scrutiny in the U.S. and abroad. He was one of more than a dozen contenders being considered to replace Caroline Atkinson, a former deputy national security adviser to Obama, who stepped aside from the job last year. Leslie Miller, a Google policy director based in California, is filling in on an interim basis.

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Sullivan didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, while Google’s press office declined to comment. The National Security Action group declined to comment. In a statement, Sullivan emphasized the new group’s commitment to responding to what he called the Trump administration’s “dangerous approach to national security.” 

“This is not a new think tank or policy shop. Our role is to help shape the public debate on foreign policy and national security, holding Trump accountable and lifting up an alternative, affirmative vision,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.

Sullivan’s National Security Action group, has garnered support from more than 50 national security leaders and experts including former U.S. ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro and Anne-Marie Slaughter, a former State Department official and current president of think tank New America.

— With assistance by Ben Brody, and Mark Bergen

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