President Biden announced today that his top domestic policy adviser, Susan Rice, will leave her post next month.
In a statement announcing her departure, President Biden said: “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.”
During her extensive tenure leading Biden’s domestic agenda, Susan Rice played a crucial role in supervising a wide variety of executive and legislative measures, including those related to health care, policing, gun safety, racial equity, and the recent $1 trillion infrastructure bill.
“I am so proud of all we have been able to accomplish together for the American people,” Rice said in a tweet, in which she thanked Biden.
Rice’s last day on the job will be May 26
Rice’s departure comes amidst a rising controversy over the White House’s response to unaccompanied migrant children arriving at the southern border, including allegations that the White House, including Rice, ignored warnings that the children’s sponsors were employing them in harsh and illegal labor conditions. While the White House has refuted these claims, they remain a point of contention. Despite this, a senior administration official affirmed that Rice takes pride in her contributions to border policy.
According to administration officials, the ongoing controversy is unrelated to Rice’s upcoming departure, which was already planned.