Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Susan Rice removed herself for consideration for the secretary of State post on Thursday, citing strong criticism from Republicans signaling an uphill battle for confirmation.
It became clear for Rice, who is an adviser and a close friend to President Barack Obama, that the GOP will likely obstruct her appointment as a replacement for Hillary Clinton.
Rice submitted a letter to Obama saying that she could have performed the job ably and effectively, although she is convinced that she will likely go through a lengthy, disruptive and costly confirmation process that could take away the administration from more pressing national and international concerns.
The president accepted Rice’s decision noting that he deeply regretted that she received unfair and misleading attacks for her response to the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Arizona Sen. John McCain and other Republicans had been critical of Rice after she appeared in a string of television interviews where she attributed the Benghazi attack on a spontaneous protest over an anti-Islam video made by an American filmmaker. Official statement later confirmed that it was an organized terrorist attack that resulted to the death of four Americans including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.
In a press conference held last month, McCain vowed that he will do everything in his power to block Rice’s nomination until she provides an answer on why she gave incorrect information.