Susan Rice rumored to be top choice for US security adviser

By HILARY LEILA KRIEGER JERUSALEM POST CORRESPONDE
March 11, 2013 21:06

WASHINGTON -- Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the UN who was forced to withdraw her name from consideration as secretary of state under pressure from Republicans, is now rumored to be a top choice for the next national security adviser.

Rice has long been a close aide to US President Barack Obama and was widely considered to be his first pick to head the State Department. But GOP senators threatened to block her from the job after her controversial public statements on the attack that killed the US ambassador in Benghazi, Libya this September, pushing her out of contention and clearing the way for John Kerry to get the job.

The current national security adviser, Tom Donilon, is still expected to remain in his job for some time. But Rice has been seen as a likely replacement at some point during Obama's second term since the job does not require Senate approval and therefore wouldn't be subject to Republican obstruction.


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