President Trump slammed Susan Rice as a “disaster” and sparked a heated comeback from the former national security adviser after she criticized his decision on Syria.
Trump fired off a tweet about the former Obama administration official following her appearance Friday on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”
(Video: YouTube/Real Time)
“Susan Rice, who was a disaster to President Obama as National Security Advisor, is now telling us her opinion on what to do in Syria,” he said in a tweet Friday night.
“Remember RED LINE IN THE SAND? That was Obama. Millions killed! No thanks Susan, you were a disaster,” he wrote, referring to former President Obama’s warning to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in 2012 about crossing the “red line” in the use of chemical weapons against his own people. Obama failed to follow up as Assad defied him when hundreds of Syrians were killed by sarin gas a year later.
Susan Rice, who was a disaster to President Obama as National Security Advisor, is now telling us her opinion on what to do in Syria. Remember RED LINE IN THE SAND? That was Obama. Millions killed! No thanks Susan, you were a disaster.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 19, 2019
It didn’t take long for Rice to fire back at the president.
“Then why did you come up and hug me at 2015 WHCD when I’d never met you (which was totally gross) and whisper in my ear that I had been ‘very unfairly treated’ over Benghazi and ‘was doing a great job for the country’?” she tweeted.
Then why did you come up and hug me at 2015 WHCD when I’d never met you (which was totally gross) and whisper in my ear that I had been “very unfairly treated” over Benghazi and “was doing a great job for the country”? https://t.co/HG3SU2gfrE
— Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice) October 19, 2019
Rice criticized the president’s decisions in Syria and Iraq and his foreign policy during her appearance on the HBO show where she was promoting her new book, “Tough Love,” which highlighted the encounter she tweeted about.
“He grabs me by the shoulders and sort of pulls me up out of my chair,” Rice said in an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” last week.
“I turn around to find that it’s Donald Trump. And then he hugs me. I’ve never seen this man in person before, never met him. He hugs me and while he’s hugging me he whispers into my ear, ‘I think you were very unfairly treated over Benghazi and you’re doing a great job for the country,’” she added. “I couldn’t have been more shocked both by the hug, which was — I hasten to say the hug itself was not gross, but the whole thing was kind of creepy because I’d never met this man before.”
During her interview with Maher on Friday, Rice condemned Trump’s decision to remove U.S. troops from northern Syria, warning that it will give Russia, Syria, and Iran a “green light” in the region.
“What Trump has done in Iraq and now Syria is, in effect, to cede a portion of northern Syria, Kurdish homeland, to the Turks and to evacuate the Americans as if it’s his Saigon,” Rice told Maher, making a reference to the U.S. troop withdrawal from Vietnam in the 1970s.
“We’ve left our Turkish allies homeless,” she argued. “They’re now going scattered throughout the region. We’ve given Assad and Putin and the Iranians a green light to take over that territory that they’ve been long wanting to take. And ISIS is going to come back.”
“But what we’re going to lose as a result of what Donald Trump has done in Syria is, we’re going to have a whole terrorist resurgence as a result of his pullout,” Rice told Maher. “So we’ll see the ramifications of that in [the loss of] American and Allied lives, I think I’m afraid, for years to come.”
She also contended that Russian President Vladimir Putin is reaping the rewards of the divisiveness in the U.S. which she likened to a “flesh-eating disease.”
“What Putin’s genius is, is he understands that we are so divided internally. And I argue in my book #ToughLove that our domestic political divisions are, in fact, are our greatest national security vulnerability.” – @AmbassadorRice #RealTime pic.twitter.com/wt1XUeOJil
— Real Time (@RealTimers) October 19, 2019
“What is I think happening now — and what Putin’s genius is — is that he understands that we are so divided internally and that … we can’t get stuff done,” Rice said. “All Putin had to do was jump in and exacerbate those divisions, pour salt in the wounds.”
Maher offered a sarcastic thanks to the president for watching the show, citing his tweet about Rice.
— Real Time (@RealTimers) October 19, 2019
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