Speaking at a town hall hosted by Univision, Obama said “What we do know is that the natural protests that arose because of the outrage over the video were used as an excuse by extremists to see if they can also directly harm U.S. interests.”
Angry protestors attacked US consulate in Libya, which led to the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.
Asked specifically if al Qaeda was behind the attack, Obama replied, “Well, we don’t know yet.”
He said the U.S is going to continue to investigate the matter and that Egypt and Libya have pledged their “full cooperation” while the inquiry continues.
He further said that his No. 1 priority is to keep diplomats and embassies safe.
He vowed to remain “vigilant” and said that the one thing the U.S. “can’t do is withdraw from the region.”