Biden names Susan Rice to lead White House Domestic Policy Council

US President-elect has chosen Susan Rice to lead the White House Domestic Policy Council, as he fills out his government with veterans of the Obama administration.

Iran PressAmerica: Susan Rice served as U.N. ambassador at the beginning of the Obama administration and later became President Barack Obama’s national security adviser. In that role, she worked closely with then-Vice President Joe Biden, including during daily intelligence briefings.

Though Ms. Rice is known as a foreign-policy expert, Mr. Biden chose her because of their close relationship and because he believes her experience in government will translate to domestic policy, Wall Street Journal reported.

The president-elect wants the foreign-policy, economic and domestic-policy arms of the White House to work closely together, the person close to Biden Transition Team told. The person added that Ms. Rice already has a working relationship with Mr. Biden’s incoming National Economic Council director, Brian Deese, and national security adviser Jake Sullivan.

"Ms. Rice was under consideration to be Mr. Biden’s running mate and was also discussed as a potential secretary of state," He or she added.

In her new role, Ms. Rice will be one of Mr. Biden’s top policy advisers. She will be responsible for coordinating with federal agencies and mapping out Mr. Biden’s domestic policy agenda.

Republicans have criticized Rice for initially characterizing the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, as an episode of spontaneous protest hijacked by extremists instead of a premeditated terrorist attack. They have also accused her of spying on Michael Flynn, President Trump’s first national security adviser.

Meanwhile, Biden’s transition team announced four other nominees on Thursday, two of the Obama administration veterans.

Biden will nominate former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to return to his role leading the federal agency and Denis McDonough, who served as White House chief of staff in the Obama administration, to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs.

He will also nominate Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Katherine Tai, the chief trade counsel for the Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee, as U.S. Trade Representative. 


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