The president called the emails a "side show" and insisted that the "whole thing defies logic." Obama said that there was nothing new in the report, and that most information used to actually build it was given to Congress months ago, with little fanfare at the time.
Obama also complained that controversy is a politically motivated one, built by those who want to challenged the integrity of Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, and himself to use as a fundraising opportunity. Obama said, "We dishonor [the dead] when we turn this into a political circus," adding "There's no there, there."
The President was also asked about , but he said he only learned about it at the same time everyone else did . He said if the allegations are true that the behavior is "outrageous" and "there's no place for it" — "This is something I think people are properly concerned about," Obama said. While he did not lay out any specific actions that would be forthcoming, Obama did add that "I've got no patience for it. I will not tolerate it."