Obama Calls Politics of Benghazi Investigation a ‘Sideshow’

By Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac
Tara MacIsaac is an editor and reporter who has worked on a variety of topics over the course of her ten years with The Epoch Times, including science, the environment, and local New York news. She is currently working with The Epoch Times edition based in Southern California.
May 13, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama dismissed Republican criticisms of his administration’s actions following the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, last year as “a sideshow,” during a press conference Monday with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Republican critics say the Obama administration tried to hide a suspected terrorist involvement in the attack last September. Obama said three days after the criticized talking points were released, his administration released information about the terrorist connection. The president asked why he or his staff would try to cover it up for only three days.

“This gets spun up as though there’s something new to the story,” he said of the new hearings that began last week. “Americans died in Benghazi. Clearly they were not in a position where they were adequately protected.”

He said he pledged to find the terrorists responsible after the attack and “that’s exactly what we’ve been trying to do.”

He said political agendas have created a publicity campaign around his administration’s released talking points that is simply “a sideshow.”

Tara MacIsaac is an editor and reporter who has worked on a variety of topics over the course of her ten years with The Epoch Times, including science, the environment, and local New York news. She is currently working with The Epoch Times edition based in Southern California.