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Obama To Name Rice As National Security Adviser

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Updated June 5, 2013

President Barack Obama plans to appoint U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice as his national security adviser, replacing Tom Donilon, who is resigning, a White House official said today in a major change in his foreign policy team.

The White House official said Obama said he also will nominate Samantha Power – a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, former White House aide and Harvard professor – as U.N. ambassador.

Rice’s appointment as Obama’s top security adviser does not require Senate confirmation.

Obama had wanted to name Rice as his secretary of state, but she ran into heavy opposition from Republicans over remarks she made in the aftermath of the September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

Rice, a close confidante of Obama, withdrew her name from consideration for the top diplomatic post in December.

Donilon, who served for more than four years as Obama’s top national security adviser, will leave in early July, a White House official said.

The shake-up comes as the Obama administration struggles with its response to the civil war in Syria.