Government & Politics

White House chief of staff takes blame for Paris rally snub

Denis McDonough
Denis McDonough

WASHINGTON – White House chief of staff Denis McDonough is taking the blame for not having a top-level official at an anti-terror solidarity rally earlier this month in Paris.

Appearing on a nationally broadcast interview, McDonough notes that the White House has said that it regrets the misstep. He adds that the decision “rests on me. That’s my job.”

McDonough, speaking on NBC’s “Today” show Tuesday, says the lack of a high-level representative was regrettable because it distracted from all the “very good progress” U.S. intelligence and law enforcement have made in cooperation with their French and European counterparts.

The Paris rally followed terror attacks in France that killed 17 people. The march was attended by 40 world leaders and more than a million people. The U.S. sent its ambassador to France.