Bold Warning For Trump Issued By Susan Rice For His 'False Statements'

Susan Rice, former ambassador and National Security Advisor, wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post. In her editorial, Rice slams President Donald Trump for accusing former President Barack Obama of wiretapping. She says the Trump administration taking a 'vacation from veracity' could have 'potentially profound dangers to U.S. national security'.

Susan Rice is best remembered for the woman who did not become Secretary of State after the Obama administration put out the false narrative that an anti-Muslim video caused the Benghazi attacks that resulted in the death of four Americans. Rice was sent by the administration on the weekend of the scandal to put forth that narrative on talk shows. The story about the video was later proven false, and the blame for the attacks ended up squarely on the shoulders of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Rice was thrown under the bus by the Obama administration and blamed for spreading the false video narrative.

In this week’s article, Rice seems to be speaking from experience (though she never wrote any editorials about the Obama administration's 'vacation from veracity') when she complains that the Trump administration 'dissembles and serially contorts the facts', and warns of what the potential consequences might be. "When the American people question the commander in chief's statements, his ability to harness public support to confront a national crisis is undermined," she wrote.

Rice is concerned about the way the world views the American government. "The foundation of the United States' unrivaled global leadership rests only in part on our military might," she wrote. "It is also grounded in the perception that the United States is steady, rational and fact-based... To lead effectively, the United States must maintain respect and trust. So, when a White House deliberately dissembles and serially contorts the facts, its actions pose a serious risk to America's global leadership, among friends and adversaries alike."

She also warns the Trump team that U.S. enemies are ‘more prone to miscalculate' when they don't trust the president. "Is Russia certain we will defend every NATO ally at all costs? Does China think we want a trade war or stable economic relations? Does Kim Jong Un fear we may use force pre-emptively to counter his nuclear and missile capabilities? The United States' words matter."

These are good questions, and it's about time Rice considers what dishonesty costs the American people.

Source: NBC News
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