- The Washington Times - Friday, November 7, 2014

Amid reports of possible staff departures at the White House, national security adviser Susan E. Rice said Friday she’s staying on the job.

“I serve at the pleasure of the president, and I will continue to serve as long as he’d like me to,” Ms. Rice told reporters.

Formerly the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Ms. Rice was in the running to become Secretary of State in the president’s second term. But she came under widespread criticism for characterizing the terrorist attacks against U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012 as a spontaneous protest by Muslims angry about an anti-Islam video produced in the U.S.

Four Americans, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, were killed in the attacks.

With Republicans gaining strong majorities in Congress in the midterm election, there have been reports that various presidential aides could soon be leaving. For example, presidential Counselor John Podesta is expected to depart at the end of the year, although that move reportedly was planned before the election.

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