Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday night received a pointed tongue lashing from Benghazi warrior Kris Paronto after Clinton audaciously scolded the White House for not defending a U.S. diplomat to her liking.
Paronto is a former Special Forces officer, a surviving member of a six-man security team who claims he was given a “stand down” order from a top CIA officer following distress calls from the State Department concerning a terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, as noted by Politico. Four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were murdered during the attack; Hillary Clinton was serving as Secretary of State at the time.
Hillary was reacting to White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ remarks regarding the president and former U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul. “McFaul has been listed by the Russian government as a person of interest in the Bill Browder/Russia financial scam, and President Trump allegedly told President Putin on Monday that the U.S. would consider sending McFaul and Browder to Moscow for ‘questioning,'” reports Real Clear Politics.
“Ambassador [McFaul] is a patriot who has spent his career standing up for America. To see the White House even hesitate to defend a diplomat is deeply troubling,” wrote the twice-failed presidential candidate in a tweet.
Obviously, such criticism about hesitation in defending a U.S. diplomat coming from Hillary Clinton is incredibly galling, especially for Mr. Paronto, who lived through the horror.
“There is no sensationalism in that: We were told to ‘stand down,'” Paronto toldHouse Select Committee in 2013. “Those words were used verbatim — 100 percent. … If the truth of it affects someone’s political career? Well, I’m sorry. It happens.”