Obama Twice Refuses to Answer Whether WH Denied Benghazi Requests for Help
President Barack Obama twice refused to answer Friday whether Americans who were under attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi were denied requests for help during the 9/11/12 terrorist attacks that resulted in the murder of Ambassador Chris Stevens.
Kyle Clark, a political reporter for Denver news station 9News, asked Obama, “Were the Americans under attack at the consulate in Benghazi Libya denied requests for help during that attack?”
Obama merely said, “nobody wants to find out more” about what happened than he does, and the administration was still gathering facts to “find out exactly what happened.” Earlier in the day, a report came out that revealed the Obama administration denied the urgent pleas for help from CIA agents in Libya during the attacks.
“Well, the election has nothing to do with four brave Americans getting killed and us wanting to find out exactly what happened,” Obama asserted. “These are folks who served under me who I had sent to some very dangerous places. Nobody wants to find out more what happened than I do.”
When Clark pressed Obama a second time, the President again punted, answering, “we are finding out exactly what happened.”
Obama protested, “the minute I found out what was happening, I gave three very clear directives,” the first of which was to “make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to.”
E-mails released this week, though, revealed the Obama administration knew within two hours that al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists were behind the attacks, and on Friday the father of a slain Navy SEAL who disobeyed orders and went to the consulate to help said the Obama administration’s claims of ignorance are “a pack of lies.”
Charles Woods, the father of Ty Woods, said his son “disobeyed” his orders not to go the U.S. consulate and was an “American hero” for having the “moral strength to do what was right,” even if “that would professionally cost him his job” — or his life.
Woods also said that if “those people in the White House were as courageous” as his son and had his moral strength, they would have “given permission, not denied permission” immediately after they found out about the attacks for CIA agents to go to the consulate to help protects the Americans the terrorists were attacking.
Below is the transcript of News9’s exchange with the President:
KYLE CLARK: Were the Americans under attack at the consulate in Benghazi Libya denied requests for help during that attack? And is it fair to tell Americans that what happened is under investigation and we’ll all find out after the election?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, the election has nothing to do with four brave Americans getting killed and us wanting to find out exactly what happened. These are folks who served under me who I had sent to some very dangerous places. Nobody wants to find out more what happened than I do. But we want to make sure we get it right, particularly because I have made a commitment to the families impacted as well as to the American people, we’re going to bring those folks to justice. So, we’re going to gather all the facts, find out exactly what happened, and make sure that it doesn’t happen again but we’re also going to make sure that we bring to justice those who carried out these attacks.
KYLE CLARK: Were they denied requests for help during the attack?
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Well, we are finding out exactly what happened. I can tell you, as I’ve said over the last couple of months since this happened, the minute I found out what was happening, I gave three very clear directives. Number one, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to. Number two, we’re going to investigate exactly what happened so that it doesn’t happen again. Number three, find out who did this so we can bring them to justice. And I guarantee you that everyone in the state department, our military, the CIA, you name it, had number one priority making sure that people were safe. These were our folks and we’re going to find out exactly what happened, but what we’re also going to do it make sure that we are identifying those who carried out these terrible attacks.
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