Susan Rice: I Have No Regrets About Initial Benghazi Talking Points

National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Sunday said that she does not regret her discussion about the Benghazi attack immediately following the incident, even though her initial talking points have been harshly criticized by Republicans.

“Because what I said to you that morning, and what I did every day since, was to share the best information that we had at the time. The information I provided, which I explained to you, was what we had at the moment,” she said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“And that information turned out, in some respects, not to be 100 percent correct. But the notion that somehow I or anybody else in the administration misled the American people is patently false. And I think that that’s been amply demonstrated.”

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), one of Rice’s loudest critics when it comes to Benghazi, said her statement on “Meet the Press” was “embarrassing.”

“I’m almost speechless because it’s patently obvious first of all that Susan Rice had no reason to be on the program at all,” he said Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” adding that Rice had nothing to do with Benghazi and was likely reading White House talking points. “The information was totally misleading, totally false.”

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