Responding to the Gadhafi Interview: Today’s Qs for O’s WH – 2/28/2011

We were joined at the briefing today by U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Dr. Susan Rice.

TAPPER: Dr. Rice, thanks for being here. In an interview with several reporters, Moammar Gadhafi said that he's not going anywhere; he's never used force; “all my people love me. “ And he expressed surprise that the United Nations would impose sanctions, and plan a travel ban based purely on media reports. I was wondering if you had any response to any of-- any of the things he said in the interview.

AMB. RICE: It sounds just frankly delusional. And when he can laugh in talking to American and international journalists while he is slaughtering his own people, it only underscores how unfit he is to lead and how disconnected he is from reality. It makes all the more important the urgent steps that we have taken, over the course of the last week, on a national basis, as well as the steps that we've taken collectively through the United Nations in the Security Council.

And we're going to continue to keep the pressure on. You've seen reports about the massive quantity of resources, some $30 billion that the Treasury Department has seized since the assets freeze went into effect on Friday -- in this -- in light of the fact that Colonel Gadhafi and his son say today they have no resources out there to be seized; they've led a clean and uncorrupt life.

- Jake Tapper

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