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Despite McCain hold, White House stands behind Clapper

Despite Sen. John McCain’s (R) hold on Gen. James Clapper’s confirmation as Director of National Intelligence, National Security Council chief of staff Denis McDonough today said that the administration still believes Clapper is the right person for the job.

“We are going to talk to McCain directly and work with the Hill as we have done for weeks now,” McDonough told NBC’s Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports."

McDonough also said that his hope is to work through this last “speed bump” to make sure Clapper is confirmed by the end of the week.

"Our hope is to work through this last speed bump here, to put the president's chief intelligence officer in place by the end of this week."

“We recognize the numerous threats our country so we want to get him into that slot,” he added.