Tom Cotton: ‘Susan Rice Is the Typhoid Mary of the Obama Administration’

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Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) slammed former Obama administration National Security Advisor Susan Rice on Tuesday, suggesting she brought a plague on the Obama administration's foreign policy.

Cotton appeared on conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt's radio show on Tuesday, where he said that Rice was the "Typhoid Mary of the Obama administration foreign policy," according to Mediaite.

Hewitt asked Cotton (around 3:40) to comment on Rice denying claims that she and other Obama administration officials used intelligence for political purposes against the Trump transition team. According to a Bloomberg report on Monday, Rice allegedly sought on several occasions to identify the names of Trump associates in intelligence reports.

"Susan Rice is the Typhoid Mary of the Obama administration foreign policy," Cotton said. "Every time something went wrong, she seemed to turn up in the middle of it."

Cotton cited several controversial incidents involving Rice, suggesting she was plagued by controversy.

"Whether it was these allegations of improper unmasking and potential improper surveillance, whether it was Benghazi, or many of the other fiascos of the Obama administration," Cotton added.

"Typhoid Mary" was the title used to refer to an Irish immigrant named Mary Mallon who infected others with Salmonella typhi after she denied that she was sick.

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Sam Dorman is a Media Analyst at the Washington Free Beacon. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Sam worked as a Staff Writer and Research Analyst with the Media Research Center. He can be reached at

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