Condoleezza Rice fires back at Cheney memoir

WASHINGTON, (Reuters) – Former Secretary of State  Condoleezza Rice said yesterday she resented what she viewed  as an attack on her integrity by former Vice President Dick  Cheney in his just-published memoir.

Condoleezza Rice

Speaking in an interview with Reuters, Rice rejected  Cheney’s contention that she misled President George W. Bush  about nuclear diplomacy with North Korea.

“I kept the president fully and completely informed about  every in and out of the negotiations with the North Koreans,”  Rice said in her first public comments on the matter. “You can  talk about policy differences without suggesting that your  colleague somehow misled the president. You know, I don’t  appreciate the attack on my integrity that that implies.”

Rice, in a telephone interview, also disputed a passage in  Cheney’s memoir, “In My Time,” in which he says the secretary  of state “tearfully admitted” that the Bush administration  should not have apologized for a claim in Bush’s 2003 State of  the Union address on Iraq’s supposed search for uranium for  nuclear arms.

Cheney, who opposed a public apology for the unfounded  claim, wrote that Rice “came into my office, sat down in the  chair next to my desk, and tearfully admitted I had been  right.”

“It certainly doesn’t sound like me, now, does it?” Rice  said in the interview. “I would never — I don’t remember  coming to the vice president tearfully about anything in the  entire eight years that I knew him.”

“I did say to him that he had been right about the press  reaction” to the administration’s acknowledgment that the  remarks about Iraq seeking uranium in Africa should not have  been in Bush’s speech, Rice said.

“And so I did say to the vice president, ‘you know, you  were right about the press reaction.’ But I am quite certain  that I didn’t do it tearfully,” she said.

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