Susan Rice withdrawsSusan Rice has withdrawn her name for consideration to be the next US Secretary of State.
Rice, the US ambassador to the United Nations and a close confidante of President Barack Obama, said she was withdrawing from the process to avoid a lengthy, costly and disruptive confirmation battle.So Rice will remain UN Ambassador and John F.N. Kerry will be Secretary of State.
"That trade-off is simply not worth it to our country," she wrote in a letter to Obama.
Rice has faced questions about comments she made days after the September 11 assault on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya, when the Obama administration said the attack was a result of a spontaneous demonstration over a film made in the United States that was insulting to the Prophet Mohammad.
Obama issued a statement saying he had accepted her decision and is grateful she will continue as the US ambassador to the United Nations.
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UPDATE 11:40 PM
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