Top White House Policy Adviser Overseeing US Domestic Agenda Leaving

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Susan Rice is stepping down as the White House’s domestic policy adviser, the Biden administration confirmed in a statement on Monday.

“I surprised a lot of people when I named Ambassador Susan Rice as my Domestic Policy Advisor,” President Joe Biden said in a statement about the departure of Rice, a former Obama administration official.

Biden added that “Susan was synonymous with foreign policy, having previously served as National Security Advisor and UN Ambassador. But what I knew then and what we all know now—after more than two years of her steady leadership of the Domestic Policy Council—it’s clear: there is no one more capable, and more determined to get important things done for the American people than Susan Rice.”

The president then touted Rice’s “tireless efforts” that included expanding the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, and taking “historic actions to reduce gun violence and advance police reform.” His statement also credited Rice with implementing policies that bring “equity” to the federal government, reversing some Trump-era immigration policies, capping insulin prices, and more.

“As the only person to serve as both National Security Advisor and Domestic Policy Advisor, Susan’s record of public service makes history,” Biden stated. “But what sets her apart as a leader and colleague is the seriousness with which she takes her role and the urgency and tenacity she brings, her bias towards action and results, and the integrity, humility and humor with which she does this work. I thank Susan for her service, her counsel and her friendship. I will miss her.”

Rice also issued a statement appearing to confirm her departure from the Biden administration. She did not say what her future plans might be.

“I am deeply grateful to @potus for trusting and empowering me to serve as his Domestic Policy Advisor,” Rice wrote on Twitter after the White House announcement. “I love the team @DPC and in the @WhiteHouse. There are no more dedicated public servants. I am so proud of all we have been able to accomplish together for the American people.”

By Jack Phillips

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