President Donald Trump dismissed Susan Rice’s assertion that she did not unmask General Michael Flynn for political reasons.
“Does anybody really believe that?” he asked during an interview with Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo. “Nobody believes that, even the people that try to protect her in the news media.”
Trump reasserted his claim, adding that he and “so many other people” were the victims of surveillance and boasted that he was correct when he accused the Obama administration of wiretapping his team at Trump Tower.
“So many people are coming up to me and apologizing now. … Perhaps I didn’t know how right I was,” he said.
To defend his claim, Trump again cited the New York Times article with the word “wiretapped” in the headline of the print edition, pointing out that it was a huge story.
“What they did was horrible,” he said.
30 Reasons Why Susan Rice Should Not Get Promoted
November 29, 2012 By Richard Grenell
Ambassador Susan Rice had nothing to do with Benghazi, as President Obama told us, but she appeared on five Sunday political talk shows anyway. On those shows, Rice mouthed talking points that weren’t true. We now know that the talking points did not match the intel reports, which she had complete access to. While the national media debates whether or not she knowingly mislead the public on the Sunday shows, her failings and shortcomings before the Benghazi terrorist attacks have not received the attention they deserve.
Here are 30 reasons (that have nothing to do with Benghazi) why Susan Rice should not get a promotion.
1. failed to call an emergency meeting of the Security Council after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
2. skipped the Security Council debate and vote to add new UN Peacekeepers in Haiti after the earthquake.
3. led the US during the most inactive Security Council since 1991 during her first year as Ambassador.
4. held her first press conference with the UN Secretary General on the pressing international issue of texting while driving.
5. failed to speak out when Col. Gaddafi’s Libya was elected to the UN Human Rights Commission.
6. waited 17 months before voting on the one and only UN resolution on Iran passed during her tenure.
7. dismissed by Hillary Clinton from negotiating most of the Iran resolution with the French.
8. lost the support of more nations on her one Iran resolution than the previous five Iran resolutions combined.
9. took 103 days to move the Security Council to issue a statement after a North Korean submarine sank the South Korean ship that killed 46 sailors.
10. took 18 days to lead the Security Council to action after a North Korean nuclear test (it took John Bolton 5 days in 2006).
11. failed to support the Iranian opposition during their Green Revolution.
12. failed to speak out when Iran was elected to the UN Women’s Commission.
13. skipped the UN Security Council’s emergency meeting on the Gaza flotilla crisis.
14. snubbed Israel to the point they skipped President Obama’s 2010 UN speech.
15. took more than 2 years to find someone to head America’s UN reform team.
16. failed to address the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to ascertain how erroneous scientific claims were added to official UN reports.
17. painfully slow in getting a UN resolution on the Sudan-South Sudan referendum.
18. ignored Canada’s pleas for help in getting elected to the Security Council.
19. negotiated with the UN’s Arab Group to condemn Israel’s settlements.
20. failed to lead the Security Council during Tunisia’s Arab Spring protests.
21. didn’t speak out on the Libya crisis until the French, British and Arab League had done so.
22. failed to attend the first Security Council meeting on the Arab Spring protests.
23. failed to get the support of allies India, Germany and Brazil on the UN’s Libya resolution.
24. failed to lead the Security Council during Egypt’s Arab Spring protests.
25. failed to lead the Security Council during Yemen’s Arab Spring protests.
26. failed to lead the Security Council to confront Bashar al-Assad’s brutal violence where US resolutions received an unprecedented three vetoes on three different votes.
27. agreed to send former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to Syria where he failed miserably.
28. skipped the last open meeting before the planned UN vote to recognize Palestinian statehood.
29. failed to speak out when Iran was elected vice president of the Global Arms Treaty negotiations.
30. delayed Security Council action and the UN report on Rwanda.
COMMENT – this could be another reason:
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations owns between $300,000 and $600,000 in TransCanada Corp. stock, according to her financial disclosure forms. The pipeline needs approval from the State Department before it can go forward.
The revelation has opened Rice up to criticism from environmentalists at a time when several Senate Republicans have vowed to oppose her because of her early statements about the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi
Richard Grenell served as a spokesman for the previous four U.S. Ambassadors to the U.N. He also served, briefly, as national security spokesperson for Mitt Romney in his campaign for President of the United States. To learn more, go to http://www.richardgrenell.com
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