Susan Rice challenges LGBT community to amplify message that ‘gay rights are straight up human rights’
June 24th, 2014
05:02 PM ET
3 months ago

Susan Rice challenges LGBT community to amplify message that ‘gay rights are straight up human rights’

Washington (CNN) - White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice told LGBT activists on Tuesday that protecting and upholding human rights for all is "fundamental to our American character" and "essential to our American story."

She said President Barack Obama is committed to protecting the rights of gay and transgender couples, comparing their fight for equal rights to the struggle African Americans faced during the civil rights movement.

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Filed under: Gay rights • President Obama • Susan Rice • Washington
Rice: United States is leading with ‘lethal and non-lethal’ aid to Syria
June 6th, 2014
11:56 AM ET
3 months ago

Rice: United States is leading with ‘lethal and non-lethal’ aid to Syria

Colleville-sur-Mer, France (CNN) - Defending President Barack Obama’s foreign policy as one of global leadership – rather than the passive stance his critics portray – National Security Adviser Susan Rice said Friday the United States was taking important steps in Syria by offering both "lethal and non-lethal" aid to the moderate opposition fighting a bloody civil war.

“The United States has been the single largest contributor of humanitarian assistance, providing over 1.7 billion dollars,” she said in an interview with CNN. “That's why the United States has ramped up its support for the moderate vetted opposition, providing lethal and nonlethal support where we can to support both the civilian opposition and the military opposition.”

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Filed under: Foreign Policy • President Obama • Susan Rice • Syria
June 1st, 2014
04:27 PM ET
4 months ago

Political Chatter: The politics of Bergdahl's release

The release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was detained by the Taliban for nearly five years, included a heavy dose of partisan politics Sunday morning, less than 24 hours after he was securely in American hands.

National Security Adviser Susan Rice was once again in the line of fire on the political talk shows, just as she was after the deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012.

Bergdahl’s release has ignited the debate over negotiating with groups the United States has determined to be terrorists.

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June 1st, 2014
10:01 AM ET
4 months ago

Susan Rice responds to political debate over negotiations for soldier's release

(CNN) - White House national security adviser Susan Rice defended the Obama administration's decision to exchange Guantanamo detainees for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, amid criticism that the United States negotiated with terrorists in the process.

She also said the “acute urgency” of Bergdahl’s health condition justified President Obama’s not notifying Congress beforehand that Bergdahl was being swapped for five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

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Susan Rice: White House reassessing U.S.- Russia relations
March 21st, 2014
03:50 PM ET
6 months ago

Susan Rice: White House reassessing U.S.- Russia relations

Washington (CNN) – Asked whether the United States is reassessing its relationship with Russia given the crisis in Ukraine, White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice offered a direct answer.

"Yes," Rice flatly told reporters Friday during a briefing for President Obama's trip to Europe and Saudi Arabia next week.
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Filed under: President Obama • Russia • Susan Rice
Susan Rice: No regrets on Benghazi involvement
February 23rd, 2014
02:03 PM ET
7 months ago

Susan Rice: No regrets on Benghazi involvement

Washington (CNN) – In her first "Meet the Press" appearance since her use of Benghazi “talking points” set off a political firestorm in 2012, National Security Adviser Susan Rice was asked point-blank whether she has any regrets about her involvement in informing the public of developments regarding the violence before, during and after the attacks on a U.S. post in Libya.

"No," Rice bluntly told David Gregory on the NBC program.
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Filed under: Libya • Susan Rice
September 27th, 2013
07:15 PM ET
12 months ago

Susan Rice: Rouhani asked Obama to call him

Washington (CNN) – National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Friday described the first phone call between an American president and his Iranian counterpart in more than three decades as “cordial” and “constructive.”

Rice told CNN’s Fareed Zakaria that the Iranian delegation approached the Obama administration about a phone call between President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
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Filed under: Fareed Zakaria GPS • Iran • President Obama • Susan Rice
Pryor a 'no' on Syria
Sen. Mark Pryor, seen here in a political ad, is a "no" on striking Syria.
September 7th, 2013
01:53 PM ET
1 year ago

Pryor a 'no' on Syria

WASHINGTON (CNN) - As the Obama administration sells its plan for limited military strikes against Syria, an Arkansas Democrat says he "cannot support military action at this time."

Sen. Mark Pryor issued a statement Saturday saying President Obama and his national security team have not yet made an effective case for taking action against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

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Obama briefed on security threat
August 4th, 2013
10:51 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama briefed on security threat

Updated 3:46 p.m. ET, 8/4/2013

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama spent much of his birthday weekend away from the White House but was briefed about the terror threat that prompted embassy closings and heightened military readiness across the Middle East and North Africa.

On Sunday afternoon, he returned to Washington from the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland, where he had flown Saturday afternoon after golfing with close friends earlier in the day. Obama turned 52 Sunday.
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Filed under: Chuck Hagel • John Kerry • President Obama • Susan Rice • Terrorism
June 5th, 2013
07:16 AM ET
1 year ago

Obama's national security adviser to resign, Rice to step in

Updated 8:41 a.m. ET Wednesday 6/5

(CNN) – Susan Rice, United States ambassador to the United Nations, will replace Tom Donilon as President Barack Obama's national security adviser, a senior administration official said Wednesday.

The president will announce the personnel change Wednesday afternoon at the White House, an administration official said.
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Filed under: President Obama • Susan Rice • Tom Donilon • White House
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