United States Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power was in Ireland on a "personal trip" during an emergency meeting on the alleged chemical weapon attack in Syria, Fox News reports, citing "U.N. sources."
Reporter James Rosen grilled State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki on Thursday over why the new U.N. ambassador, who has only been on the job for 19 days, wasn't at the emergency meeting on the Syrian crisis. Psaki would only say that she had a "previously-arranged trip" but was in "constant contact' with her staff at the United Nations.
Newly appointed US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power attends her first high-level UN Security Council as ambassador, at the United Nations headquarter in New York, August 6, 2013. Credit: AFP/Getty Images
"Power also did not attend a meeting Friday afternoon on Sudan -- another trouble spot that Power has focused on in the past -- though it is likely that such a meeting would have been attended by a deputy anyway," Fox News reports.
U.S. Officials are defending Power's absence, arguing she was on a scheduled trip and could not have made it to the meeting in time. It is unclear why Power was in Ireland, though her family is from the country and she was born there.
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