President Barack Obama appeared on Colorado’s KUSA’s 9 News on Friday and was asked by reporter Kyle Clark if the Americans who were killed at the U.S. consulate in Beghazi were denied help during the terrorist attack and if it was fair to “tell Americans that it is still under investigation and that we’ll all find out after the election.” President Obama never answered that question and managed to repeat his “three directives” several times.
Transcript below (bolding is mine)
PRESIDENT OBAMA: The election has nothing to do with four brave Americans getting killed and us wanting to find out exactly what happened. These are folks who served under me that I had sent to some very dangerous places. Nobody wants to find out more what happened than I do, but we want to make sure we get it right particularly because I’ve made a commitment to the families impacted and the American people that we’re going to bring the folks to justice. So we’re going to gather all the facts. Find out exactly what happened and make sure it doesn’t happen again. We’re also going to bring to justice those who carried out those attacks.
KUSA: Were they denied requests for help during the attack?
OBAMA: Well, we are finding out exactly what happened. I can tell you, as I’ve said over the last couple of months since this happened, that the minute I found out what was going on I gave three very clear directives. Number one, make sure we are securing our personnel and that we are doing whatever we need to. Number two, we are going to investigate exactly what happened and make sure it doesn’t happen again. Number three, find out who did this so we can bring them to justice. And I guarantee you that everybody in the State Department and everybody in the military…CIA, you name it, had number one priority to ensure that people were safe. These were our folks and we’re going to find out exactly what happened, but what we’re also going to do is make sure is we’re identifying those who carried out these terrible attacks.
President Obama’s response comes in light of information that has surfaced, and first reported by Fox News, revealing that CIA operators who were on the ground in Benghazi were denied requests for help during the deadly Benghazi attack on September 11.