Obama calls Republican attacks on Susan Rice 'outrageous'

WASHINGTON Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:23pm EST

Related Topics

WASHINGTON Nov 14 (Reuters) - In a robust defense of his U.N. ambassador, President Barack Obama on Wednesday said it was "outrageous" for Republican senators to target Susan Rice over her response to the attack on the U.S. mission in Libya that left four Americans dead.

Obama, speaking in his first news conference since being re-elected last week, was referring to statements from Senator John McCain and Senator Lindsey Graham that they would try to block any future promotion for Rice.

Rice has done "exemplary work" as U.N. ambassador, Obama said, adding that if the senators have an issue with the administration's handling of the Sept. 11 attack on the consulate in Benghazi, they should take it up with him directly. He pledged to provide all information available to those investigating the incident.

FILED UNDER:
A couple walks along the rough surf during sunset at Oahu's North Shore, December 26, 2013. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Find your dream retirement town

Florida? Hawaii? Reuters has teamed up with Zillow to give you the power to customize a list of your best places to retire.  Video | Full Article