State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert was asked if the United States should apologize for the country’s past foreign policy decisions, where she quickly shut it down.
The question was asked on Tuesday, which marked the 15th anniversary of the invasion of Iraq as troops are still deployed in the region to date.
“Should the U.S. apologize for regime change operations, for meddling in elections in multiple countries through many means over the years?” the reporter asked.
“You’re asking me about the entire history of the United States, should we apologize?” Nauert responded. “Should we apologize for our government all around the world? I think that the United States government does far more good than we ever do bad.”
“Most Americans are opposed to the Iraq War. Should the U.S. government apologize for things that were put out by that podium, people who are in this administration, who fabricated information to start the Iraq War?” the reporter continued to press.
“Look, I get what you’re getting at, you want to be snarky and take a look back at the past 15 years,” Nauert said. “Iraq is certainly a country that has been through a lot.”
“No I don’t want to get snarky, I want to get real,” the reporter protested.
“Right now the most significant challenge there is ISIS, and the United States remains there at the invitation of the Iraqi government to fight and take on ISIS,” she further pointed out.