calling her the patriot who puts american interests first, president barack obama on wednesday named susan rice as his national security adviser. rice currently serves as the u.s. ambassador to the united nations. she will replace tom donilon, a key foreign policy adviser to the commander-in-chief, who is resigning.
rice was the subject of republican ire over faulty explanations for the attack which killed four americans in benghazi, libya. obama considered nominating her as his second-term secretary of state. but rice withdrew, saying she didn't want her potential new post to be a distraction for the white house. the president nominated john kerry, who easily won confirmation from his former senate colleagues.
rice's cabinet-level job as national security adviser does not require senate confirmation. a white house official confirmed the foreign policy personnel changes in the morning - ahead of a planned announcement by the president in the afternoon. the official spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the changes before they were made public.
rice, a close obama confidante, began working for him during his historical 2008 presidential campaign. she also has a solid relationship with many of his advisers. rice is nationally respected for her commitment to human rights issues & also pushed for a more interventionist strategy in libya.
- mark j. tuggle
- harlem, usa
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