Susan Rice is a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
She has been the Obama administration’s ambassador to Libya and has been under fire for what some have called her role in the September 11, 2012 attacks on the U.N. building.
Now, she’s facing a new controversy for her use of the word “birther,” a term that some have accused her of perpetuating and that she denies.
Rice said during a speech in New York that “there’s no evidence that [the term “birchers” was used to describe the Obama White House] and there’s no proof that [Rice] was in the building.”
In a statement released Tuesday, Rice said that she was “disappointed” in the accusation.
The president has said that he has “zero tolerance” for the use of inflammatory language.
He also called for Rice’s resignation.
The new controversy surrounding Rice comes after several weeks of criticism over her handling of the death of journalist James Foley, who was captured by Islamic State militants in Syria.
Some Republicans have argued that she had no choice but to intervene, and they have raised concerns about her actions during the attack, which left three Americans dead.
Some people have argued the Obama campaign, which did not publicly back her on Monday, had been influenced by some of the comments she made during her speech.
Rice has said the attacks on Foley and the Obama team were orchestrated by the Islamic State.
The Obama administration is under increasing pressure to address the issue of how to handle criticism of its actions in Syria, which has resulted in a sharp increase in the number of Americans killed.
The White House has said it will respond to criticism of the White House by holding a press briefing on Tuesday.