Department of State

Obama Accepts Susan Rice's Withdrawal

Says attacks on her were "unfair and misleading."


President Barack Obama on Thursday said he accepted U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice's withdrawal from consideration as secretary of state, following heavy criticism from some Republicans.

"While I deeply regret the unfair and misleading attacks on Susan Rice in recent weeks, her decision demonstrates the strength of her character, and an admirable commitment to rise above the politics of the moment to put our national interests first," Mr. Obama said in a written statement released by the White House.