Rice began by praising the military action, calling it “a major milestone” and adding that “it’s one that we should be welcoming quite plainly.” However, she did warn that Baghdadi’s death does not mean “the fight against ISIS is over.”
“Do you know, was President Obama informed of the death of al-Baghdadi by the administration? Did you know?” Margaret Brennan asked.
“There’s no reason why I should know. There is a tradition of common courtesy of presidents informing their predecessors of things of significance like this,” Rice answered.
“Since the White House seemingly didn’t feel it necessary to inform the leadership of the intelligence committees on a bipartisan basis, I’m quite confident that they didn’t do the normal protocol with respect to predecessors either,” she added.