TODAY   |  June 05, 2013

Susan Rice to be appointed national security adviser

In a White House shakeup, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice will replace Tom Donilon as national security advisor.

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>>> we have breaking news out of the white house at this hour. u.n. ambassador susan rice is going to become national security adviser replacing tom donelan. we get to nbc's political director chuck todd . this is long rumored but quite significant. tell us about it.

>> it is significant in the timing and how it's coming. this is an open secret susan rice was going to replace the national security adviser. the question was when would tom donelan gdecided to leave. it's surprising on the timing. the announcement is going to come today, the white house , the president is going to do this and nominating susan rice who had become a republican punching bag during the whole benghazi controversy and the whole idea of the talking points, you're going to hear a lot of republicans chiming in about susan rice . at the same time this is not a senate confirmed position and this is a bit of a defiant move by the president to his republican critics.