Obama cabinet position not being considered, says aide

12:44 PM, Nov 15, 2012   |    comments
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Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY

If National Security Adviser Tom Donilon wants to be the next Secretary of State, he's not saying.

After delivering a speech previewing President Obama's upcoming trip to east Asia and detailing the administration's ongoing "Asia pivot" on Thursday, Donilon was asked during a short question-and-answer session about his interest in the job.

Donilon, who delivered his remarks at the Washington think Center for Strategic and International Studies, answered in detail another part of the questioner's query on the timing of Obama's trip to Myanmar. But when pressed on his interest in the job, Donilon only smiled and moved on the next question.

Clinton has said she would like to leave the post early in Obama's second term.

The president said at his news conference on Wednesday that he's made no decision on who he'll pick for the spot, though he vigorously defended another contender for the job, United Nations Amb. Susan Rice, who has faced sharp criticism from Republicans for incorrectly stating that the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was precipitated by a protest.

Donilon is also believed to be in the mix to serve as Obama's next chief of staff should he picked his chief of staff, Jack Lew, to become the next Treasury secretary. Like Clinton, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has said he would like to leave his post before Obama's inauguration in January.


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