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Published on December 10, 2020 8:09 AM

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President Elect Joe Biden Selects Susan Rice for White House domestic  Council
President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Barack Obama's former national security adviser Susan Rice to run the White House Domestic Policy Council, according to people familiar with the decision.

Rice, who also served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was vetted to serve as Biden's vice president and was a contender to be secretary of State, a position that went to Antony Blinken.

The director of the Domestic Policy Council is not a Senate-confirmed position. The Biden team had been looking to find a high-profile role for Rice, but the top domestic policy job comes as a surprise given her expertise and experience in foreign policy.

"The roles they will take on are where the rubber meets the road — where competent and crisis-tested governance can make a meaningful difference in people's lives, enhancing the dignity, equity, security, and prosperity of the day-to-day lives of Americans," Biden said in the statement.

Rice also previously served as national security adviser during the Obama administration, and will now head up a unit charged with overseeing the implementation of Biden's agenda as it regards to domestic issues. The role does not require Senate confirmation.