(NEW YORK) -- Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld described what he called an “awkward” moment in a 2003 national security meeting when he was told that Saddam Hussein was offering a $60 million bounty to kill Rumsfeld’s daughters.
“I was concerned,” Rumsfeld told ABC News on Tuesday. “Of course the president and his family had secret service protection. My family did not. And it was a somewhat awkward moment in the meeting,” he said.
The plot also targeted President George W. Bush’s two daughters, Rumsfeld said, and Bush urged him to take it seriously because the administration had killed Hussein’s sons.
“I made a comment like ‘Thank you’ or something and President Bush looked me in the eye and said ‘You better take this seriously,” he said. “And of course I did take it seriously. But I was also realistic that there was not much one could do about that.”
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