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Matt Pottinger
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Pottinger in 2011
United States Deputy National Security Advisor
In office
22 September 2019 – 7 January 2021
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Charles Kupperman
Succeeded by Vacant
Personal details
Born 1973/1974 (age 46–47)
Spouse(s) Yen Pottinger
Children 2
Father John Stanley Pottinger
Education University of Massachusetts, Amherst (BA)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Marine Corps
Years of service 2005–2010 (active)
2010–present (reserve)
Battles/wars Iraq War
War in Afghanistan
Awards Bronze Star
Combat Action Ribbon
Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Matthew Pottinger is an American former journalist and U.S. Marine Corps officer who served as the United States Deputy National Security Advisor from 22 September 2019 until 7 January 2021. Previously serving as Asia Director on the National Security Council since 2017, his tenure was unusual among senior aides serving under President Trump for its length, given an administration marked by high turnover. Pottinger worked to develop the Trump administration's policies towards China.

He resigned from his position early 7 January in the wake of the 2021 storming of the United States Capitol.

Personal life

Pottinger is married to Dr. Yen Pottinger and they have two children. After Pottinger resigned in 2021, he announced that he and his family would relocate to Utah.

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