Congressman Peter King Calls for Ambassador Susan Rice's Resignation Following Libya Attack
Homeland Security chairman, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) is calling for the United States ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, to resign. King says Rice needs to pay the consequences for misleading America after the fallout from the Libya attacks. Obama administration officials and congressional Democrats defend Rice and maintain that she was giving the best information that was known at that time.
National Security Council spokesman, Tommy Vietor said, “Rice has done extraordinary work at the United Nations and for the American people. The president appreciates the work she does every day and he is looking forward to her continued work.”
King told Fox News’ Uma Pemmaraju on America’s News HQ today that either Amb. Rice was “deliberately misleading
the American people, or she showed and demonstrated such a lack of knowledge and sophistication that she shouldn’t hold that position anymore.”
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He blamed the Obama administration for misinforming the world about the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi that resulted in the death of four Americans, including the US ambassador in Libya. King believes that the administration is trying to cover up Rice's wrongdoing by saying she was giving the best information she had at that time. The congressman doesn’t believe their explanation given that they knew there was a large amount of circumstantial evidence showing this was a terrorist attack.
A better answer, according to King, would have been, “We don’t have all the information yet. We do believe, however, there’s a lot of evidence that terrorists were involved, but we’ll hold off our final decision.” Instead, he says, Rice basically ruled out terrorism and attributed the attack to the anti-Islamic film.
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Furthermore, King surmises that the administration wanted to blame the film because calling it a terrorist attack would undermine President Obama’s foreign policy position that Al Qaeda has been decimated and is no longer a threat.
King is calling for an investigation into what really happened. He said, “Ambassador Rice should resign, but also we should investigate and find out how high up this went.”