President Obama names Susan Rice as the new US National Security Adviser

Susan Rice - US National Security Adviser

Susan Rice – US National Security Adviser

The outstanding US Ambassador to the UN, Ms. Susan Rice, has been named as the new National Security Adviser by President Barack Obama. Prior to her appointment, Rice served on the staff of the National Security Council and and also as Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs during President Bill Clinton’s second term. She was confirmed as UN ambassador by the U.S. Senate by unanimous consent on January 22, 2009. She is the first Jamaican-American woman to hold that office.

Susan Rice’s name was mentioned as a possible replacement for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2013 after President Barack Obama’s November 2012 re-election, but on December 13, following ongoing controversy related to the 2012 Benghazi attack on the U.S consulate, she announced that she was withdrawing her name from consideration saying that if nominated “the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive, and costly.

She has served the US well at the UN and stands out as one of America’s most distinguished diplomat and public servant.

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