President Obama is planning to brush aside criticism of U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice and install her as Secretary of State, while possibly offering the Defense Secretary Job to Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), according the Washington Post.
Kerry has long wanted the job at State, but Obama will almost certainly choose Rice, who has been with him since before he became president.
Others, though, are still in the running for the Defense job.
Republicans have assailed Rice for claiming that the Benghazi attacks resulted from protests over an anti-Islamic video, even though others within the administration had concluded that the attacks were premeditated.
But Obama is prepared to dig in his heels, and senior aides claim Rice was merely stipulating “administration talking points drawn directly from intelligence available at the time,” according to the Post.