Latter-day Saint Life

Latter-day Saint Appointed as New National Security Adviser


To those who know him, Robert C. O’Brien, the administration’s newest national security advisor, is an ideal choice for the job.

Characterized in national media as an affable, sharp, team player and a tough negotiator, O’Brien is described by those who know him as warm, engaging, receptive, focused and a man of faith.

Raised Catholic and a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he will be the highest-ranking Latter-day Saint in the U.S. government.

“He is particularly adept at listening to other people, weighing differing opinions and not imposing his own views,” says Sen. Mitt Romney, who has known O’Brien for more than 15 years and sought O’Brien’s insights on military policy during his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.

Article by Matthew Brown; lead image Michael Campanella/ Getty Images.
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