Former Obama administration national security adviser Susan Rice said Thursday she supports an impeachment inquiry on President Donald Trump, calling the allegations that he tried to trade U.S. aid to Ukraine for dirt on political rival Joe Biden "a classic Donald Trump effort to lie to distort, to confuse."
"I think it’s absolutely necessary at this point, but I think it's wise to let the inquiry play out and the facts emerge and members of Congress can make a decision as to how they’d vote," Rice told MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
Rice also complained about Trump's decision to pull troops out of northern Syria.
"I can't begin to quantify the number of abuses that this president has committed in broad daylight," Rice said. She pointed out that by Trump pulling troops from northern Syria, he was "selling out our Kurdish partners."
Meanwhile, Rice, who came under fire for making misleading statements on the 2012 Benghazi attack, claimed Thursday she had an unexpected supporter a few years later when Trump gave her a "creepy hug" at the 2015 White House Correspondents Dinner.
"He grabs me by the shoulders and sort of pulls me up out of my chair, and I turn around to find that it's Donald Trump," Rice said, recounting a story she tells in her new book, "Tough Love."
"Then he hugs me," she continued. "I've never seen this man in person before, never met him. He hugs me and while he's hugging me he whispers into my ear, 'I think you were very unfairly treated over Benghazi and you're doing a great job for the country.'"
Rice told the show that the hug wasn't "gross" but it was "kind of creepy because I'd never met this man before."
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