U.S. Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice (R) speaks during a White House ceremony in Washington D.C., the United States, June 5, 2013. U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday tapped UN ambassador Susan Rice to be the next national security advisor, taking the post vacated by Tom Donilon, who has resigned. (Xinhua/Fang Zhe)
WASHINGTON, June 5 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday tapped UN ambassador Susan Rice to be the next national security advisor, taking the post vacated by Tom Donilon, who has resigned.
Obama made the announcement at a White House ceremony. He said Donilon will depart in July, and will be by his side when he meets Chinese President Xi Jinping this weekend in California.
Obama praised both Donilon and Rice in his remarks. He said Rice is a "consummate public servant," while lauding Donilon, who helped to shape "every single national security policy of my presidency," including the rebalance of U.S. focus to the Asia Pacific region.
Rice, an Obama confidant, lost out in the nomination deliberations of secretary of state due to her involvement in the Benghazi talking points debacle. Obama has complained Republicans have singled her out for attacks.
Although critical of Rice, key Republican senators on Wednesday said they will work with Rice. John McCain, one of Rice's toughest critics, said he disagrees with the appointment of Rice, but he ' ll make every effort to work with her on important issues.
Bob Corker, the top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations panel, met with Rice prior to her appointment and said he accepted the president's decision.
"I had a very good conversation with Ambassador Susan Rice to let her know I look forward to working with her on shaping important foreign policy and national security issues as she serves in her new role," said Corker.
Obama also nominated Samantha Power, a former national security staffer, to be the next UN ambassador. The nomination of Power needs Senate approval, while Rice's appointment doesn't.
UNITED NATIONS, June 5 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Wednesday extended "his warm congratulations" to Susan Rice on her appointment as the U.S. national security adviser.
Rice, who was appointed by U.S. President Barack Obama to be the next national security advisor Wednesday and had been serving as U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN since 2009, has been "a strong voice in the Security Council and an effective advocate on the full range of issues before the UN, from peace and security to human rights and development," Ban said in a statement issued here by his spokesperson. Full story
WASHINGTON, June 5 (Xinhua) -- U.S. National Security Adviser Tom Donilon had resigned and would be replaced by U.N. ambassador Susan Rice, U.S. media reported Wednesday.
The Washington Post quoted senior administration officials as saying President Barack Obama would make a formal announcement later in the day, and the resignation would take effect early next month. Full story