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article imageObama to choose Susan Rice as new national security adviser

By Yukio Strachan     Jun 5, 2013 in Politics
Washington - In a defiant gesture to Republicans who harshly criticized her, Dr. Susan E. Rice, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, has been tapped to be President Barack Obama's next national security adviser.
A White House official on Wednesday said the current security adviser, Tom Donilon, who has been in the job since October 2010 and whose departure is effective early July, said he had planned to leave after Obama’s first term but stayed on at the President’s request to break in a new team led by Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, John O. Brennan, the New York Times reported.
The official insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the personnel changes before they were publicly announced, The Associated Press said.
The Times writes that the appointment puts Rice, 48, an outspoken diplomat and a close political ally, at the heart of the administration’s foreign-policy apparatus.
The Times also points out that for Rice, a Rhodes Scholar who holds a doctorate in international affairs from Oxford University, the appointment amounts to political redemption after she withdrew from consideration as secretary of state because Republicans threatened to block her nomination over Benghazi.
The post of national security adviser, while powerful, does not require Senate confirmation, according to the Times.
Samantha Power, former special assistant to the president and senior director for multilateral affairs and human rights at the National Security Council, will take Rice's spot as U.S. ambassador, a senior administration official also said, CNN Chief White House Correspondent reported.
The official says Obama will announce both appointments from the White House Wednesday afternoon, the AP writes.
The move comes a day after Obama nominated three judges to the influential federal appeals court in Washington, declaring that the GOP has "cynically used Senate rules and procedures" to block past nominees.
“This is not about principled opposition; it’s about partisan obstruction,” Obama said Tuesday.
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