Fox News White House correspondent Ed Henry and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney mixed it up a bit at today’s press briefing. The Q&A came ahead of President Obama’s announcement that he’s appointing Ambassador Susan Rice as his National Security Adviser and nominating Samantha Power as U.S. Ambassador to the UN, to fill Rice’s seat.
Henry: You described (Rice) as one of the most qualified, experienced foreign policy experts in America. If that’s the case, how did she get the information on Benghazi so wrong five days after the attack?
Carney: Ed, I would welcome the opportunity to correct the record especially for some news outlets who persist in misrepresenting the facts. You have seen the so-called talking points. You have seen the testimony of the deputy director of the CIA and the documents that demonstrate that the central point that they made was drafted in the first instance and every instance thereafter.
Henry: Then why did various intelligence officers say that they almost immediately knew that this was terror and if she’s so experienced why wouldn’t she see that as they saw it?
Carney: So you are suggesting that a senior member of the national security team should disagree with the assessments of the intelligence community because somebody appeared on Fox News and said something?