by Melanie Hunter, CNSnews:
President Barack Obama nominated U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice to replace Tom Donilon as national security adviser Wednesday, calling her “a patriot who puts her country first” and praising her for standing up for “innocent civilians” in Libya.
“As our ambassador to the U.N., Susan has been a tireless advocate in advancing our interests. She has reinvigorated American diplomacy in New York. She’s helped to put in place tough sanctions on Iran and North Korea. She has defended Israel,” he said at a White House Rose Garden press conference. “She has stood up for innocent civilians from Libya to Cote d’Ivoire.”
After the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, where four Americans were killed, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, Rice made the rounds on the Sunday talk shows, blaming the attack on “spontaneous reaction” to an anti-Islam YouTube video.
Obama hailed Rice as “a patriot who puts her country first,” calling her “at once passionate and pragmatic.”
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