Susan Rice Defends Clinton, Calls Benghazi a 'False Controversy'
Susan Rice has taken center stage again, appearing on "60 Minutes" last night to answer questions about how the Obama administration handled the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2012 Benghazi terror attack.
The former UN ambassador and current National Security Adviser to President Obama expressed no regrets about going on the Sunday talk shows in place of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
She told Lesley Stahl that Clinton was simply too stressed after a very "painful" week. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three more Americans died in the assault on the U.S. Consulate.
“I don’t have time to think about the false controversy,” Rice said.
“In the midst of all of the swirl about things like talking points, the administration has been working very, very hard across the globe to review our security of our embassies and our facilities. That’s what we ought to be focused on.”
On the talk shows at the time, Rice maintained that the attack stemmed from a protest over an anti-Muslim video. The statement later proved to be false.
Stahl noted that the controversy likely cost Rice the appointment as the next Secretary of State.
“If you hadn’t taken those interviews, I’d be calling you Madame Secretary," she said.
“You can call me Susan,” Rice shot back.
Watch the video above for highlights of the interview, and reaction from the Fox and Friends hosts.
Stay tuned to Fox News throughout the day for more reaction to Rice's remarks.
On America's Newsroom this morning, Fox News national security analyst K.T. McFarland gave us her reaction.
McFarland said she was "stunned" that Rice agreed to sit down for the interview in the first place, saying there was nothing new to discuss.
"Why was she doing this? They have nothing to talk about. There are no great foreign policy successes, only failures. ... What she should have done was have an interview only if she has stuff to talk about that is a success," said McFarland.
Watch the full segment below: