President Barack Obama has picked U.N. ambassador Susan Rice to be his
next national security adviser.
Speaking at the White House, Obama said Rice was a "fearless" and
"tough" patriot who understands that there is no substitute for American
leadership. He added that she is mindful the United States has to
exercise its power wisely and deliberately.
"She's reinvigorated American diplomacy in New York. She's helped to put
in place tough sanctions on Iran and North Korea. She has defended
Israel. She has stood up for innocent civilians from Libya to Cote
d'Ivoire. She has supported an independent South Sudan. She has raised
her voice for human rights, including women's rights. Put simply, Susan
exemplifies the finest tradition of American diplomacy."
Rice is under criticism from Congressional Republicans as part of the
investigations into the deadly attack on a U.S. compound in Benghazi,
Libya. Rice said in television interviews the attacks were spontaneous,
which later was shown to be incorrect.
was considered likely to succeed Hillary Clinton as secretary of state,
but she withdrew amid the Republican criticism. The post of national
security adviser does not require Senate confirmation.
Rice is replacing Tom Donilon, who is to leave his job by early July.
Donilon has been a key foreign policy adviser to Obama since he took
Obama said the American people owe Donilon an enormous amount of
gratitude for helping to end the war in Iraq, finding and killing al-Qaida
terrorist Osama bin Laden, and strengthening ties with America's allies.
The president has nominated former journalist and professor Samantha
Power to succeed Rice at the United Nations. Her nomination goes to the
Senate for approval.