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: