U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice will likely be President Barack Obama’s top choice for national security adviser, according to a White House official.
It appears that despite the difficulty Rice faced when she was put forth as the top candidate for Secretary of State, the president hasn’t given up on her moving up in his administration. In December, she withdrew her candidacy for that position, stating that she didn’t want to see a politicized confirmation process.
She was a lightning rod for GOP criticism in the wake of her television appearances in the aftermath of the Benghazi attacks that killed Ambassador Christopher Stephens and three other Americans on September 11, 2012. She stated that the attacks appeared spontaneous and linked to an anti-Islam video posted on YouTube. It was later discovered that the attacks were planned out in advance. Rice claimed that her remarks on television came from talking points given to her by the CIA.
Unlike the Secretary of State position, which requires confirmation from the Senate, the national security adviser does not require confirmation. The adviser, however, has no power to influence the actions of the Department of Defense or the Department of State.
Currently, the president’s national security adviser is Thomas Donilon. It was anticipated that he might be named the new White House chief of staff, but Denis McDonough got the nod instead. Until Donilon is either moved to a new position, or removed from his current one, Rice will likely remain as an ambassador.
— Benjamin Nanamaker, InvestorPolitics Editor
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