In a foreign policy team shakeup Susan Rice is set to become President Obama’s National Security Advisor. Rice was originally going to be tapped to be Secretary of State but the Senate refused to confirm her due to her role in the Benghazi affair.
President Barack Obama’s top national security adviser Tom Donilon is resigning and will be replaced by U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, marking a significant shakeup to the White House foreign policy team…
Rice, a close Obama confidante, came under withering criticism from Republicans as part of the investigations into the deadly attack on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya. Rice, relying on talking points from the intelligence community, said in television interviews that the attacks were likely spontaneous, which was later proven incorrect.
National Security Advisor does not require Senate confirmation. Samantha Power is President Obama’s choice to be Rice’s replacement as UN Ambassador.
Power, an Irish-born author on human rights and genocide, served as an aide at the National Security Council as the senior director for multilateral affairs. Also, she was named chair of the Atrocities Prevention Board that Obama created last year.
The announcements come as Obama prepares for his first face-to-face meeting with the new leader of China, Xi Jinping, to discuss a variety of sensitive national security issues, including the growing problem of cyber hacking — a sit-down that Donilon helped arrange.
Power came to political prominence in the 2008 Obama campaign when she called Hillary Clinton “a monster” and stepped down from her role in the campaign. It is unlikely that will make her controversial among Republicans.