White House: Obama views Libya assault that killed ambassador as terrorist attack

Associated Press

The White House says President Barack Obama considers the recent deadly assault on the U.S. consulate in Libya a terrorist attack.

White House spokesman Jay Carney says it is "certainly the case that it is our view as an administration, and the president's view, that it was a terrorist attack." Four Americans were killed, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya.

Carney's comments came after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney accused Obama of failing to acknowledge what Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other officials have said — that the attacks in Benghazi were acts of terrorism against the U.S.

Obama has declined several chances to call the incident a terrorist attack. He said last week that extremists used an anti-Islam video as an excuse to assault U.S. interests.

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