During a rare press conference on Wednesday, President Barack Obama defended Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice against intense criticism from Republican lawmakers who are demanding to know why she went on national television and blamed the Sept. 11 Benghazi attack on a YouTube video. The president said Rice had “nothing to do” with Benghazi and she was simply reporting on the information available at the time, therefore lawmakers should just leave her alone and deal with him.

Appearing on Fox News’ “Special Report” later on Wednesday, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer called Obama’s comments “indignant” and issued a scathing review of his explanation.

“He gives the strangest defense by saying she didn’t have anything to do with Benghazi,” Krauthammer said. “OK, then why the hell are you sending her out there? Why didn’t you send out the Secretary of State or the CIA Director or Panetta or somebody who did know?”

Watch the clip via Fox News below:


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