ABC’s Jake Tapper confronted White House Press Secretary Jay Carney on Wednesday about the Obama administration’s inconsistent account of the terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Tapper explained that President Barack Obama initially accused GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney of “shooting first and aiming later” after he criticized an apologetic statement released by a U.S. Embassy, which falls under the Obama administration. Today, it is clear that the attack had nothing to do with any anti-Muslim YouTube video as the White House initially claimed. In fact, the State Department announced on Tuesday that there weren’t even protests outside the Libya compound before the attack.
These facts led Tapper to ask the reasonable question: “Didn’t President Obama shoot first and aim later?”
“I think your assessment about what we know now is not complete,” Carney replied.
“I’m just going by what the State Department said yesterday,” Tapper shot back.
Carney said there were protests in Cairo and other parts of the Middle East in response to the video, seemingly side-stepping the question.
“They said yesterday there was no protest,” Tapper interjected. “I’m talking about Benghazi.”
Carney said initial reports from the “intelligence community” suggested the attack may have been related to the video. He also called the situation in Libya “a moving picture.”
Watch the clip below (the interaction starts around 2:35):
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