White House: Obama and Biden were never aware of requests for more Benghazi securitySubmitted by emalvini on Fri, 10/12/2012 - 12:57
White House: Obama and Biden were never aware of requests for more Benghazi security
Posted By Josh Rogin
Friday, October 12, 2012 - 10:40 AM
Vice President Joseph Biden speaks only for himself and President Barack Obama, and neither man was aware that U.S. officials in Libya had asked the State Department for more security before the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, a top White House official told The Cable.
Biden has come under fire for saying at Thursday night's debate, "We weren't told they wanted more security. We did not know they wanted more security there."
The Cable asked Deputy National Security Advisor for Communications Ben Rhodes whether Biden was speaking for the entire Obama administration, including the State Department, which acknowledged receiving multiple requests for more Libya security in the months before the attacks. Rhodes said that Biden speaks only for himself and the president and neither of them knew about the requests at the time.