Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she didn’t appreciate the way former Vice President Dick Cheney “attacked her integrity” in his new memoir In My Time.
During an interview with Reuters, Rice expressed her disapproval of Cheney’s claims 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 told Reuters. “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.”
Cheney also claimed that Rice “tearfully admitted” that the Bush administration should not have apologized after a claim in Bush’s 2003 State of the Union address on Iraq’s quest to find uranium for weapons of mass destruction. Rice said the incident never happened.
“It certainly doesn’t sound like me, now does it?” she said during 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.”
She added that she did, however say that Cheney was right about his prediction of media reaction that was sharply critical of the administration following the incident.
Just days before Rice’s comments, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Rice’s predecessor in the Bush State Department, criticized the book and said it throws a lot of “cheap shots” at colleagues and mischaracterizes events.
Rice concurred with Powell’s remarks and said, “I think they do fall into the category of cheap shots.”
In the wake of Cheney’s book release, the Washington Post said that Rice will publish her own memoir in November. According to publishers, in her book No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington, Rice will be “surprisingly candid” about her colleagues and the many foreign leaders she dealt with throughout her term.