Security Adviser Quits, Susan Rice Gets the Job
Tom Donilon resigns as national security adviser
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 5, 2013 7:16 AM CDT
Updated Jun 5, 2013 7:53 AM CDT
US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice listening during a news conference in this June 7, 2012 file photo.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

(Newser) – National Security Adviser Tom Donilon will announce his resignation today, multiple outlets are reporting, and President Obama isn't exactly choosing a politically safe successor. Instead he'll tap Susan Rice, the US ambassador to the UN who's become a lightning rod thanks to the Benghazi controversy. The job doesn't require Senate confirmation, according to the AP, whereas filibuster threats drove Rice to withdraw her name from consideration to replace Hillary Clinton. Former National Security Council aide Samantha Power is expected to be nominated to replace Rice.

Donilon's resignation has a whiff of controversy around it as well, coming on the heels of a Foreign Policy piece reporting that he was under fire from many within the administration, including his ex-deputy and current White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough. Critics complained that he exerts an outsized influence on Obama's foreign policy, the New York Times points out, though McDonough himself denies the report. "It pains me to think anybody would think he's leaving because of me," he says. Donilon says he'd actually planned to leave after Obama's first term, but stayed on to foster harmony among the all-new national security team of John Kerry, Chuck Hagel, and John Brennan. He'll depart early next month.

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Jun 6, 2013 1:53 AM CDT
The trolls aren't interested in the truth - just attack anyone by proxy. Everything they write smacks of Fox talking points. When we ask them for proof, citations, web sites, scholars, economists, historians and credible journalists the trolls respond with bullying and lies.
Jun 6, 2013 1:42 AM CDT
Obama once again does something to sooth his ego and not in the best interests of the American people.
Jun 5, 2013 10:35 PM CDT
Designating Susan Rice to be the National Security Adviser: Need more proof that (a) Obama is incompetent, and (b) he has no interest in working with Republicans?