For Immediate Release
The White House Press Office
July 11, 2003
President Bush Thanks Ugandan President for Leadership
The Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel
[Excerpt on Forged Iraqi Uranium Purchase Allegation]
Q: With all due respect, Mr. President, can you take a question, sir?
PRESIDENT BUSH: Sure.
Q: Why -- can you explain how an erroneous piece of intelligence on the Iraq-Niger connection got into your State of the Union speech? Are you upset about it, and should somebody be held accountable, sir?
PRESIDENT BUSH: I gave a speech to the nation that was cleared by the intelligence services. And it was a speech that detailed to the American people the dangers posed by the Saddam Hussein regime. And my government took the appropriate response to those dangers. And as a result, the world is going to be more secure and more peaceful.
Q: But, sir, how did it get into your speech if it was erroneous?
PRESIDENT MUSEVENI: Thank you so much.
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