Susan Rice calls WaPo report of Clinton floated as UN ambassador an ‘insult’ to Hillary
Former national security adviser Susan Rice stated in a tweet on Thursday that the rumor floating around that presumptive President-elect Joe Biden is considering Hillary Clinton for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is ridiculous. She also said it would be “an insult” to the former secretary of state.
“This is ridiculous and an insult to @HillaryClinton. Stop. Please,” Rice tweeted along with a retweet of a Washington Post story about potential Biden cabinet picks.
Democrats are all abuzz with possible Biden cabinet picks and Hillary Clinton’s name has been featured repeatedly in those discussions. It is being reported that her proposed role as U.N. ambassador is being discussed privately, according to a person who spoke to the media outlet on condition of anonymity.
“The thinking behind the move was that it would be a way for Biden to highlight the importance of that position in his administration and that placing her there would raise the prestige of the U.N. itself at a time when global cooperation, and the U.S. role on the world stage, has ebbed,” WaPo reported.
— Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice) November 13, 2020
News of Clinton’s potential nomination surfaces as Biden is attempting to alter world leaders’ perceptions of the U.S. in foreign relations. “I’m letting them know that America is back. We’re going to be back in the game,” he emphatically stated.
According to a number of media reports, Biden is likely to bring in some familiar faces from the Obama administration as he builds his national security team, while at the same time restoring principles of foreign policy discarded by President Trump. That could well include Hillary Clinton, but she has not commented on the issue yet.
Hillary Clinton is now 73. She served as former President Obama’s secretary of state from 2009 until 2013 after losing to him in the 2008 Democratic primary. She previously served as a U.S. senator from New York from 2001 through 2009.
After her loss to Obama, Clinton has remained in the spotlight by criticizing Trump and alleging, among other things, that Russia contributed to her loss in 2016. She infamously told Joe Biden to not concede to President Trump no matter the result of the 2020 presidential election.
More recently, Clinton was in the headlines when Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe declassified information indicating that former President Obama’s administration knew of allegations she was attempting to tie Trump to Russia and distract from her email scandal before the 2016 election.
It's a history-making ticket, a repudiation of Trump, and a new page for America.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen. Onward, together. pic.twitter.com/YlDY9TJONs
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 7, 2020
Clinton expressed hope and relief following the projected victory of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the presidential election. In an interview taped Sunday for the 2020 Reykjavík Global Forum, Clinton said she is looking forward to seeing what the new administration does.
“I am feeling better than I have felt in four years,” Clinton told Melanne Verveer, the executive director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security. “I feel really happy and relieved, very grateful, excited about the team of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, looking forward to seeing them take the office of president and vice president and bring our country together and get us back on the right track for the future.”
Rice, 55, served as Obama’s U.S. ambassador to the U.N. until 2013 when she became national security adviser. She was also rumored to be under consideration to be Biden’s running mate before Biden ultimately selected Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA). Rice is also rumored as a candidate for Biden’s Cabinet and could serve as secretary of state or in some other top foreign or defense role.