The Washington Post’s Mike Allen and Aaron Blake report:In an interview Sunday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” President Trump was asked about his response to the latest revelations about his administration’s response to attacks in Benghazi, Libya, in 2012, which killed four Americans.
The president was pressed by MSNBC host Joe Scarborough about his position on the attack, which he blamed on a spontaneous demonstration.
In his first interview since the controversy erupted, Trump said he was “a big, big part” of the Benghazi response, adding that he would “be glad to tell you exactly what happened” if he was in charge.
“Well, I did get involved in Libya.
I was a big, huge part of the response,” he said.
Trump also was asked if he had any regrets about the attack. “
You ask questions, you get answers, and then you move on.”
Trump also was asked if he had any regrets about the attack.
He responded that he didn’t regret anything, and that “it was an unfortunate thing that happened in a situation that we should have been dealing with, which was very difficult.”
“I don’t regret a thing, Joe,” he continued.
“We got to be very careful, because I think the people that are asking the questions are the people who didn’t vote for me.
I think they’re just asking questions because they want to see the president defend himself.”
The president said that he had a “very good relationship” with his former secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, who he praised as a “great American.”
He said that she had “worked very hard” and “done a great job” in her role as secretary of State, but that “she was very frustrated” and would not have “done it for me.”
“Hillary was very, very frustrated, and I think she was frustrated that I didn’t tell her everything,” he added.
“That was probably my worst moment, because she was the one that told me everything.
But that’s okay, I can tell you, I’m the best at telling you everything.”
He added that he thought “we’re not going to see” a “big deal” over the attack in his administration.
The president is currently defending his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn for his contacts with Russia, and he suggested that the president is in a denial mode about what happened in Benghazi.
“I think it’s very sad that the President is in that denial mode.
I don’ think it really matters,” he told Scarborough.
“It’s not the President’s problem.
It’s the President and his people’s problem.”
The “Morning Show” host noted that Trump was also asked about a tweet he released Sunday saying that he was looking forward to meeting with the families of the four Americans killed in Benghazi in an effort to heal.
Trump told the president that he wanted to meet with the family members “at some point in the future,” but said that his “mind is pretty clear” that the meeting was “unlikely” to take place.