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Rice takes tough question from school pupil

Rice takes tough question from school pupil

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told Jewish elementary school pupils that the Bush administration did not use illegal interrogation tactics.
Her remarks were in response to a question from Misha Lerner, a fourth-grader at the Jewish Primary Day School in Washington, The Washington Post reported Monday.
Rice spoke at the school Sunday before giving a lecture at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue.
Misha asked Rice what she thought about the Obama administration's remarks on interrogation methods authorized by its predecessors.
Rice responded that she did not want to criticize President Barack Obama. She also said that President George W. Bush assured his administration that "we would do nothing, nothing, that was against the law or against our obligations internationally."
"I hope you understand that it was a very difficult time. We were all so terrified of another attack on the country," she said. "Even under those most difficult circumstances, the president was not prepared to do something illegal, and I hope people understand that we were trying to protect the country."
Last week the former secretary of state sparked controversy when she told Stanford University students that "we did not torture anyone."


Updated : 2021-06-21 19:29 GMT+08:00