Secretary of State Hillary Clinton defended the White House against accusations it didn't do enough to protect the U.S. Consulate in Libya.
During a visit to Peru on Monday, Clinton said she takes full blame for the failures.
"I take responsibility, I'm in charge of the State Department's 60,000-plus people all over the world, 275 posts," Clinton said.
"The president and the vice president wouldn't be knowledgeable about specific decisions that are made by security professionals," she continued. "They're the ones who weigh all of the threats and the risks and the needs and make considered decisions."
Republican's quickly fired back at Clinton's response. Sen. John McCain and two other members of the Senate Armed Services Committee released a statement saying the president should have known.
"The security of Americans serving our nation everywhere in the world is ultimately the job of the commander-in-chief. The buck stops there," they said.
U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the attack on the consulate in Benghazi.