State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert has gotten a great deal of attention for her meteoric rise in the department, after the firing of Rex Tillerson. CBS reports:
U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and Nauert are among the few women in the Trump administration with high-profile voices on foreign policy. Only three State Department officials — all men — now outrank Nauert, a former Fox News anchor who declined to comment for this story.
Tuesday, on the 15th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, a reporter asked her if the United States should apologize for the country’s past foreign policy decisions, but she was not amused. Here’s the exchange:
REPORTER: “Should the U.S. apologize for regime change operations, for meddling in elections in multiple countries through many means over the years?”
NAUERT: “You’re asking me about the entire history of the United States, should we apologize? Should we apologize for our government all around the world? I think that the United States government does far more good than we ever do bad.”REPORTER: “Most Americans are opposed to the Iraq War. Should the U.S. government apologize for things that were put out by that podium, people who are in this administration, who fabricated information to start the Iraq War?”
NAUERT: “Look, I get what you’re getting at, you want to be snarky and take a look back at the past 15 years. Iraq is certainly a country that has been through a lot.
REPORTER: “No, I don’t want to get snarky, I want to get real.”
NAUERT: “Right now the most significant challenge there is ISIS, and the United States remains there at the invitation of the Iraqi government to fight and take on ISIS.”
Hat Tip: IJR