Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich today had some choice words for President Barack Obama, who said in a debate last week that he finds it “offensive” that Republicans are questioning his and his administration’s veracity on Libya.
The Georgia Republican, who ran unsuccessfully for president, referred to the Iranian hostage crisis, which lasted 444 days when Ronald Reagan was seeking to unseat President Jimmy Carter in 1980.
“Should Ronald Reagan not have talked about it for 444 days?” Gingrich said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “The fact is, we’re in the middle of a mess in the Middle East, the mess keeps evolving, there continue to be incidents.”
He noted that the Obama administration failed to adequately protect U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others who were killed in Benghazi, despite requests for more security at the U.S. Consulate there. He said the Obama administration must answer for its failings.
“If that offends the president, then that’s his problem and he ought to get over it,” Gingrich said.
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