Susan Rice to Replace Donilon as National Security Adviser

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(CNN) —

Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will replace Tom Donilon as President Obama’s national security adviser, a senior administration official told CNN.

Rice, the U.N. ambassador since January 2009, was a target of Republican criticism in recent months for her description to news talk shows of the September 2012 attack that killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans in Benghazi.

She was Obama’s national security adviser during his first presidential campaign. Before that, she was senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and, from 1997 to 2001, assistant U.S. secretary of state for African Affairs.

From 1995 to 1997, she was senior director for African affairs on the National Security Council.

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