Krauthammer: Susan Rice 'Shouldn't Go on Television'
National Security Advisor Susan Rice committed another embarrassing gaffe on Sunday when she stated that Turkey had committed to step up its role in the fight against ISIS, only for Turkey to turn around and deny that any such agreement had been reached.
“The Turks have, this just in the last several days, made a commitment that they will in the first instance allow the United States and our partners to use Turkish bases and territory,” Rice said Sunday on Meet the Press. “That’s a new commitment, and one that we very much welcome.”
Hours later, a Turkish official said that Turkey has not signed on to any new commitment.
On "The O’Reilly Factor" tonight, Charles Krauthammer offered a little advice for Rice: "She shouldn't go on television."
He explained that it is “totally inexplicable” for the national security advisor to go on national television and announce a crucial agreement, only for the Turks to say it’s not true mere hours later.
“It obviously is a mistake, but it is a monumental one. And that it should happen in the middle of a war at this high a level is truly remarkable,” Krauthammer said.
O’Reilly suggested it comes down to a lack of leadership from Washington, and that’s also the reason why President Obama’s approval numbers are down below 40 percent, except among African Americans, where Obama still stands at 81 percent approval.
Krauthammer pointed out that many Americans – whether black, Hispanic, Irish Catholic or any other demographic – are often influenced politically by ethnic solidarity, and approval numbers will reflect that association.
“That is what any minority would do, and I am not at all surprised by the high level of support.”
Watch the clip above.