“The security personnel that the State Department thought were required were in place,” Rice told ABC’s Jake Tapper. “We’ll see when the investigation unfolds whether what transpired in Benghazi might have unfolded differently in different circumstances.”

“We had substantial presence,” Rice said, “with our personnel and the consulate in Benghazi. Tragically two of the four Americans there killed were providing security. That was their function. And indeed there were many other colleagues who were doing the same with them. It obviously didn’t prove sufficient to the nature of the attack and sufficient in that moment.”

Rice did not say how many U.S. security personnel were at the consulate in Benghazi.