Obama: ‘Susan Rice Is Extraordinary’

President says he 'couldn't be prouder' of ambassador hours after second round of contentious Capitol Hill meetings


President Obama defended Ambassador Susan Rice Wednesday prior to a meeting with his cabinet, calling the embattled Rice "extraordinary."

The praise came hours after Rice concluded another round of private meetings on Capitol Hill–which once again did not appear to go smoothly.

After her meeting with Rice, Sen. Susan Collins (R., Maine) drew comparisons between the Benghazi attack and the 1998 embassy bombings in Africa, when Rice was Senior Director for African Affairs in the State Department.

"I would need to have additional information before I could support her nomination," Collins said after the meeting.

Rice is considered the likely nominee to succeed Sec. Hillary Clinton at the State Department.