Susan Rice: I’m ‘Glad’ Republicans Stood Up to Defend the Kurds - ‘I Wish They Would Stand Up to Defend Our Constitution’

By Melanie Arter | October 9, 2019 | 1:47pm EDT
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( – Former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, who served the Obama administration, told ABC’s “The View” on Wednesday that she’s “glad” that Republicans like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are speaking out against President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.

However, she said, she wishes that they’d “stand up to defend” the U.S. Constitution.


"So there's the politics of this situation which is interesting also because we have seen Republicans come out in force. Even Lindsey Graham and Moscow Mitch are against Trump in doing what he's doing in Syria. I shouldn't say it that way, but I'm furious, and yet, as far as the Ukrainian thing is concerned, it's, like, they don't want anything to do with it. So how do you explain this? I was shocked that they were so against Trump here. Weren't they worried about their jobs and everything else they’re were worried about?” Host Joy Behar asked.



RICE: I'm glad they stood up to defend our ally and partner, the Kurds. I wish they’d stand up to defend our Constitution.

BEHAR: It would be nice, but they don't..

RICE” We need them to do both. You know, Lindsey Graham had a quotation when he was prosecuting Clinton for impeachment. He said, you know, the purpose of impeachment is to cleanse the office and bring back dignity and integrity and honor.

BEHAR: He's the opposite now,” Behar said.

RICE: Right. Well, I understand -- I'm not validating him back then or now, but what I'm saying is, if that's the standard, we're way past honor and dignity if had that office.


Behar also asked Rice about her thoughts on former Vice President Joe Biden’s dealings with Ukraine.


BEHAR: Okay. Here's another question. A lot of people -- this is about Joe Biden. A lot of people acknowledge that Biden did nothing wrong in his dealings with Ukraine, but they think his son -- his son taking a high power job and a high-paying job was kind of what they call swampy behavior. How harmful has this been to Joe Biden? Should we worry about it?

RICE: You know, what Donald Trump is doing so effectively is taking his own greatest vulnerability which is the perception that he is corrupt and his children are corrupt and trying to turn it into his opponent's greatest weakness. And Joe Biden was the poorest senator in the United States senate, and nobody ever accused him of being corrupt because he's not, and -- but Trump has, you know, come up with this assault and leveled that as a way to tar Joe Biden.

BEHAR: Will it hold?

RICE: I don't know. I don't think the polls are suggesting yet that it's taking hold. I think Joe Biden is a man of integrity. Whether you agree with him or not, I happen to agree with him on most everything. He was doing the business of the United States government based on bipartisan policy in concert with our European allies to try to work -- to root out corruption in Ukraine. 
What President Trump did is try to extort the Ukrainians for his own personal political benefit. There's a huge difference there, and I think the American people are intelligent enough to see that.


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