Obama Not Informed of Extent of Egyptian Violence Until August 15
The Washington Examiner is reporting that Obama "apparently" did not know about the extent of the violence in Egypt until National Security Adviser Susan Rice informed him of it on August 15.
CNN's Jack Tapper reported that the violence that has filled world news outlets for two days and has resulted in hundreds of deaths is just now reaching the president via the individual who infamously blamed Benghazi on a YouTube video.
On August 15 Tapper wrote:
This morning, the president had a phone call, a principals meeting with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. It was during that briefing that the president heard about the severity of the violence in Egypt. That conversation motivated him to come out on [August 15] and call for calm.
The Heritage Foundation's James Phillips says: "If Tapper is right, then the president would be well-served to seek information from other sources besides Susan Rice."
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