In an appearance on CNN on Monday, former White House press secretary Jay Carney fielded questions from Jake Tapper over the Obama administration’s decision not to send a high-ranking White House official to Paris for the rally on Sunday protesting the terrorist attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo.
According to Carney, overcoming the security aspect would have made it difficult for President Barack Obama to attend, to which Tapper emphasized the importance of the French-U.S. relationship.
“There may not be any question about the resolve of the United States and the alliance, and as has been pointed out by President Obama, among others, France is the United States of America’s oldest ally,” Tapper said. “But you know who was the first world leader to visit the United States after 9/11? Jacques Chirac went to Washington D.C. and New York City. There is something special about this relationship. Two independent countries, two independent nations born around the same time, with in the same decade. Certainly you’ll grant the point that there’s something wrong when this season’s ‘The Good Wife’ had higher Obama representation, with a cameo from Valerie Jarrett, than this very important rally, perhaps the most important rally in Europe in a generation. And it’s described here as the biggest rally in French history.”
Carney later admitted the Obama administration could have sent someone that was higher ranking than the U.S. ambassador to France and he suggested to keep a watchful eye on what the administration does in the coming days to make up for the lack of representation on Sunday.
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