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.
According to Rice, Bush insisted on returning to Washington from Florida
following the attacks, prompting her to order him away from the White
"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.