During an interview with the website Red State today, Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) falsely claimed that the Obama administration told U.S. military forces to “stand down and don’t go protect Americans” when the U.S. consulate was attacked in Benghazi, Libya in September 2012.
According to RightWingWatch.org, Rep. Price offered no proof of this popular GOP talking point, which has been repeatedly denied by the Pentagon.
"There was never any kind of stand down order to anybody," Maj. Firman, a Pentagon spokesman, told USA Today last week.
"Were these guys told not to do anything? No. They were in Tripoli, supporting the U.S. security in Tripoli, and they were told to stay there," Maj. Firman also told USNews.com. "Special Operations Command Africa leadership told them to remain where they were, and "it was more important for those guys to be in Tripoli."
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Rep. Price did not mention what the Pentagon stated or that U.S. Marines were sent into Benghazi, as reported by NBCNews.com.
"It’s hard to say that the cover-up is always worse than the deed, when you have four Americans who were murdered without the administration doing anything to go to their aid and protect them," said Rep. Price.
"Not because the assets weren’t there or the opportunities weren’t there, but because somebody in the administration said, ‘It’s time to stand down and don’t go protect Americans.’ This is incredibly important, again, it gets to that huge trust issue. But it does keep snowballing because the administration refuses to come clean, the president refuses to take responsibility for what happened. This is absolutely unconscionable."