Former U.S. Ambassador John Bolton says Hillary Clinton's remark that the Benghazi attack was her "biggest regret" as secretary of state was a "focus-group-tested, polled response."
"The fact here is that those deaths could have been avoided," Bolton told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"The Obama-Clinton administration was . . . unwilling or unable to acknowledge that, in fact, the terrorist threat had grown under Obama worldwide.
"Their campaign claim [was] that al-Qaida was on the run, General Motors is alive, and Osama bin Laden's dead. The fact is – and Benghazi demonstrates it – the terrorist threat was real and was growing," Bolton said Monday.
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Bolton said Obama and Clinton's unwillingness to acknowledge what was actually happening in Libya "for well over a year" before the Sept. 11, 2012, attack led to that tragedy.
He said Clinton's "biggest regret" comment was "a tried-and-true, focus-group-tested, polled response . . . They may get away with it, but they shouldn't."
Bolton, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and former U.N. ambassador, said he is alarmed by Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson's remark that it is a matter of national security to give people who are in the country illegally a pathway to citizenship.
"There is no way that you can say that anybody has earned the right to be a citizen unless they have followed our laws and lived here the prescribed amount of time, done what they're supposed to do," he said.
"If you just happened to get here and that earns you the right to be a citizen, then we don't have citizenship anymore," Bolton said.
"We might as well just forget about the borders entirely, and honestly, that is what motivates some people in the Obama administration and some of their supporters."
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