U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs, released the following statement on President Obama's announcement that Ambassador Susan Rice will serve as his next National Security Advisor, and that Samantha Power will be nominated to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.
"Susan Rice is a smart and capable diplomat with a strong record of advancing American values and U.S. interests around the world. She has worked to protect the security of the United States and to defend human rights, promote democracy, and increase stability around the world. I am confident that she will continue and build upon the strong record earned by Thomas Donilon. I look forward to continuing to work closely with Ambassador Rice as she transitions into her new role, and congratulate her on this appointment.
"I am also pleased that President Obama moved quickly to nominate Samantha Power to serve as our Ambassador to the United Nations -- a critical position on our national security and foreign policy team. Ms. Power is a passionate and well-regarded advocate for human rights, those caught in conflict, and anti-human trafficking efforts. I look forward to getting to know her during the confirmation process."