Reaction Of Senator Patrick Leahy To The Selection Of Susan Rice To Be The Next National Security Advisor, And Samantha Power To Be The Next U.S. Ambassador To The United Nations

“I applaud the President for his selection of Ambassador Rice and Samantha Power.  They are intellectually gifted advisors of the highest integrity, devoted to defending the interests and values of the United States.  While many speak of the daunting challenges of the job of National Security Advisor, I prefer to focus on its opportunities, and Ambassador Rice will embrace them in ways that will enhance the security and reputation of the nation.  I know of no one more capable than Samantha Power to be a persuasive voice for justice and fundamental rights at the United Nations.  I look forward to working with them both.”

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[Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is President Pro Tempore of the Senate and chairs the Appropriations Subcommittee on the State Department and Foreign Operations.  He currently serves as a member of the U.S. Delegation to the United Nations during this session of the General Assembly.]

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