Obama Chooses Susan Rice As New National Security Advisor

US President Barack Obama on Wednesday lauded his next national security advisor Susan Rice as an “exemplary public servant,” implicitly shrugging off Republican criticism of her qualifications.

Obama formally announced that Rice, currently ambassador to the UN, would take over from Tom Donilon in July, in an appointment which defies Republican claims that she misled Americans over the attack on the US mission in Benghazi.