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Former US national security adviser Condoleezza Rice said that she had to yell at then President George Bush not to return to the White House, a potential terrorist target, following the 9/11 attacks, The Daily Mirror reported on Monday. Rice's comments came in a documentary film entitled 9/11: State of Emergency, which is scheduled to air on British television on Saturday, the nine year anniversary of the deadly attacks.
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According to Rice, Bush insisted on returning to Washington from Florida following the attacks, prompting her to order him away from the White House.
"I said, 'You cannot come back here. The United States of America is
under attack, you have to go to safety. We don't know what is going on
here.' He said, 'I'm coming back.' I said in a raised voice, and I had
never raised my voice to the President before, I said, 'You cannot come
back here.' I hung up."
Rice also discussed a bunker beneath the White House which
"non-essential" people were forced to leave in the aftermath of the
attacks because of overcrowding.
"There were so many people the oxygen levels started dropping and the
secret service came in telling people they weren't essential and to
Rice discussed the chaos and fear created by communications failures
following the attacks. Bush gave an order commanding the air force to
shoot down commercial airliners not responding to instructions. When
flight United 93 crashed in rural Pennsylvania after passengers
succeeded in wresting control of the plane from terrorists, Rice and
her colleagues believed the air force may have shot it out of the sky.