Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday, July 6, blasted former National Security Adviser Susan Rice for criticizing the Trump administration’s foreign policy related to Russia.
During an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Rice expressed skepticism that President Trump said he was never briefed about the reports that Russia offered bounties to Taliban-linked extremists in Afghanistan to kill U.S. soldiers and called his administration a “clown show.”
“The president of the United States has demonstrated an absolutely callous disregard for the safety and security of American forces in the war zone, and there’s no explanation for this,” Rice said. “What we just heard out of my successor, Mr. O’Brien and the press secretary, is a clown show. That’s not how intelligence works, and that’s not how the national security adviser and the top cabinet-level officials who were there to support the president are supposed to the behave.”
In response to Rice’s claims, Pompeo pointed to a bevy of appearances Rice made on Sunday morning shows in 2012 following the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
“To hear Ambassador Rice talk that way is just crazy,” Pompeo told host Laura Ingraham. “You know, she has a history of going on Sunday shows and lying. You all remember that—back in 2012, she went on five Sunday shows and Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glenn Doherty and Tyrone Woods had all perished under her administration watching Benghazi, Libya. She went on and made up a story about a video and a protest when she knew full well that this was a terror attack. She did so because it was politically convenient to say that. It’s the worst kind of behavior from a national security leader.”
“And as for her comments about Russia, it was on the Obama watch, under the Susan Rice’s watch, under Vice President Biden’s watch that Ukraine had one-fifth of its real estate taken by Vladimir Putin with virtually no response,” he continued. “It was under her watch that Syria was handed over to the Russians as a result of a redline that Obama had drawn in the sand but then refused to enforce. And you’ll recall, too, that when it comes to having American soldiers taken care of, what she suggests this administration didn’t do, but as always, it was her administration that was underwriting the Iranian regime while it was killing American soldiers in the Middle East.”
Rice’s name has risen on the list of potential partners of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden as calls on him to choose a black female candidate for the ticket continue to grow in the wake of George Floyd’s death. On Sunday, she touted her experience in government as Biden is a few weeks away from announcing his running mate.
“Let’s not get ahead of ourselves,” Rice said. “Joe Biden needs to make the decision as to who he thinks will be his best running mate. I will do my utmost, drawing on my experience of years in government, years of making the bureaucracy work.”
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