Washington: US President Barack Obama named long time confidante Susan Rice, who had courted political controversy with her remarks on the Benghazi terrorist attack, as his National Security Adviser.

Currently US Ambassador to UN, Rice, who would replace the retiring Tom Donilon in the influential foreign policy post, had courted controversy with her comments and lost out to John Kerry for the job of secretary of state.

In a White House Rose Garden appearance, Obama announced that Donilon would step down in July.

The President also said he would nominate Samantha Power of the National Security Council to succeed Rice at the United Nations.

"I'm absolutely thrilled she'll be back at my side, leading my national security team for my second term,” Obama said.

(JPN/Agencies)

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