Obama's Chief of Staff Takes Rap for Paris Rally Snub

The chief of staff for President Obama took the hit Tuesday for failing to send his boss or a more senior U.S. official to a recent Paris peace rally following terrorist attacks there, Today reported. “We’ve said that we regret we didn’t send somebody more senior than our ambassador. That rests on me. That’s my job,” Denis McDonough told Matt Lauer. McDonough added that the perceived slight “obfuscated the very good progress” that U.S. intelligence agencies have undertaken with numerous European counterparts to confront terrorist threats. More than 40 heads of state marched through Paris following the attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, though the U.S. failed to send a top-ranking official. Instead, the administration sent its ambassador to France, Jane Hartley.

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