Steele Claims The Administration Was "Slow To The Table" On Shahzad

May 07, 2010 3:59 pm ET

Despite the fact that Faisal Shahzad was apprehended just 53 hours after the failed car bombing in Times Square, RNC Chairman Michael Steele baselessly claimed that the Obama administration was "a little slow to the table" in responding to the incident.

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ANDREA MITCHELL: Do you think it's fair for Republicans to really slam - for Republicans to be slamming the administration on this case?

STEELE: Well, I think, you know, I don't necessarily appreciate your characterization that the president is being slammed on this case...

MITCHELL: Well, [House Minority John] Boehner certainly was. 

STEELE: Well, you term it a slam.  I don't think that's how a significant number of Americans view it.  I think that the leader has laid out the rest of the story and the backdrop behind yet another terrorist incident that this administration seems to be a little slow to the table on.  When you look at the time line on this issue, you've got to pay attention to what did we know, when did we know, and what steps are being taken? And those things seem to be in place. But there's clearly something missing.  There's a link missing and I think there's a lot of rush to judgment in concluding that he acted alone so we can sweep that aside and not have it reach out as tentacles often do and touch a whole lot of other actors around the globe, particularly those who are part of the global jihad at this time against the U.S., and have them recognize their proper role in training and arming this individual to do what he wanted to do. 

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