President Barack Obama called on Congress to “fully fund” his request to bolster security at U.S. diplomatic outposts as he sought to contain political fallout from last year’s deadly attack in Benghazi, Libya.
So it turns out that Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and, before a group of leading Senate Republicans decided that she was evil incarnate, a top contender to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of state, had nothing to do with formulating the White House’s response to the fatal attacks last year at the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.
President Barack Obama said his administration made no attempt to cover up the involvement of terrorists in last year’s deadly attack on a U.S. outpost in Libya, dismissing a congressional inquiry as a “political circus.”
Obama administration officials insisted that the White House and State Department had a minor role in altering an erroneous account of a deadly attack on a U.S. compound in Libya last year, after internal e-mails surfaced indicating it was shaped by political concerns.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew and Attorney General Eric Holder today followed President Barack Obama’s decision to refuse a portion of his salary to show solidarity with furloughed government workers.
The U.S. embassy in Cairo is reviewing its social media policy after briefly shutting its Twitter Inc. account, following Egyptian complaints about a post regarding comedian Jon Stewart’s criticism of President Mohamed Mursi.
North Korea asked Russia and other countries to consider evacuating their diplomats from the capital as tensions mount with its southern neighbor, warning that embassies can’t be protected in the event of a conflict.
The arrest of a satirist who’s been called “Egypt’s Jon Stewart” on charges of insulting Islam and the country’s president raises concern that Egypt’s government is restricting basic liberties, the U.S. State Department said.