U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice is a top contender to succeed Thomas Donilon as National Security Advisor this year, the Washington Post reports.
Rice â€œhas emerged as far and away the front-runner,” a source told the Washington Post.
Susan Rice was said to be the Obamaâ€™s first choice for Secretary of State, but withdrew her name after strong opposition from Republicans in the Senate. The national security adviserâ€™s post, though not as influential as Secretary of State, would still give Rice heavy influence over foreign policy decisions but would not require her to undergo Senate confirmation.