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Former Vice-President Dick Cheney is doing the rounds promoting his memoir “In My Time.” In the book Cheney states that then Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice misled President George W. Bush about nuclear diplomacy with North Korea.
Speaking with Reuters yesterday Rice said: “I kept the president fully and completely informed about every in and out of the negotiations with the North Koreans . . . You can talk about policy differences without suggesting that your colleague somehow misled the president. You know, I don’t appreciate the attack on my integrity that that implies.”
Rice also disputed a passage in Cheney’s memoir,in which he says the secretary of state “tearfully admitted” that the Bush administration should not have apologized for a claim in Bush’s 2003 State of the Union address on Iraq’s supposed search for uranium for nuclear arms.
“It certainly doesn’t sound like me, now, does it?” Rice said in the interview. “I would never – I don’t remember coming to the vice president tearfully about anything in the entire eight years that I knew him.”
“I did say to him that he had been right about the press reaction” to the administration’s acknowledgment that the remarks about Iraq seeking uranium in Africa should not have been in Bush’s speech, Rice said.
“And so I did say to the vice president, ‘you know, you were right about the press reaction.’ But I am quite certain that I didn’t do it tearfully,” she said.
Rice is the latest former senior Bush aide to fire back at Cheney’s memoir and its characterization of the vice president’s bureaucratic rivals.