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Monday, April 24, 2017

UN Ambassador Susan Rice is withdrawing from consideration for Secretary of State, NBC News reported Thursday. The embattled ambassador, harshly criticized by the GOP for her unintentionally misleading statements following the attack in Benghazi, cited partisan politics in a letter to President Obama.

“If nominated, I am now convinced that the confirmation process would be lengthy, disruptive and costly — to you and to our most pressing national and international priorities,” Rice wrote. “That tradeoff is simply not worth it to our country… Therefore, I respectfully request that you no longer consider my candidacy at this time.”

Led by Republican senators John McCain, Kelly Ayotte and Lindsey Graham, the GOP steadfastly protested Rice’s handling of the post-Benghazi media appearances. Though it became clear early on that Rice was not responsible for the inaccurate statements regarding the character of the Benghazi attack, the trio of GOP senators persisted in their efforts to prevent her nomination.

President Obama accepted Rice’s decision in a White House statement:

Statement by the President on Ambassador Rice 

Today, I spoke to Ambassador Susan Rice, and accepted her decision to remove her name from consideration for Secretary of State. For two decades, Susan has proven to be an extraordinarily capable, patriotic, and passionate public servant. As my Ambassador to the United Nations, she plays an indispensable role in advancing America’s interests. Already, she has secured international support for sanctions against Iran and North Korea, worked to protect the people of Libya, helped achieve an independent South Sudan, stood up for Israel’s security and legitimacy, and served as an advocate for UN reform and the human rights of all people. I am grateful that Susan will continue to serve as our Ambassador at the United Nations and a key member of my cabinet and national security team, carrying her work forward on all of these and other issues. I have every confidence that Susan has limitless capability to serve our country now and in the years to come, and know that I will continue to rely on her as an advisor and friend. While I deeply regret the unfair and misleading attacks on Susan Rice in recent weeks, her decision demonstrates the strength of her character, and an admirable commitment to rise above the politics of the moment to put our national interests first. The American people can be proud to have a public servant of her caliber and character representing our country.

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8 Responses to Susan Rice Drops Out Of Secretary Of State Consideration

  1. When we lament the lack of talented, patriotic, people going into public service.
    We should remember Susan Rice . But, here’s the deal. The last woman Republicans set out
    to stop from becoming the head of The Consumer Protection Bureau, Elizabeth Warren
    is now the freshwoman, Senator, from the great State of Massachusetts! Perhaps even
    President Warren, one of these days. So, look out T-People!

  2. A bright and articulate woman of color denied her chance by a couple of nitwits in Congress. Leason learned for our children and young people…bullying does indeed work. It is sad day indeed when the qualified are held back by the crazy elements of our elected leadership, and just to score political points and take a scalp. Shame on those responsibly for this. They should remember that payback can be a bitch. Watch for it…..

    • If there’s one thing the Republicans have learned in the last four years and had reinforced by this and other incidents since the election, it’s that for Democrats, there is no such thing as “payback.”

      I’d settle for just trying to fix the mess, but the Democrats will probably get rolled on that one, too.

  3. Obama did this– he sent her out and had her lie on 5 morning shows. he’ll hide behind anyone or anything, the little coward bitch!!

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