Errrr, Jay, the State Department testified budget cuts had nothing to do with it.

( – Backing up Vice President Joe Biden’s claim the previous night about being unaware of a request for more security at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, the White House Friday asserted the responsibility lay with the State Department.

“What I am saying, when it comes to the number of personnel, who are in place at consulates and embassies and other diplomatic facilities around the world, those decisions are appropriately made at the State Department by security personnel,” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.

“When it comes to funding, this president makes sure that diplomatic security is adequately funded, make sure that that funding is restored when efforts on Capitol Hill are made, principally by House Republicans, including Congressman Ryan to slash it in order to cut taxes for the wealthiest 2 percent in this country,” Carney added.

During the Thursday night Vice Presidential debate between Biden and Republican challenger Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Ryan criticized the Obama administration for not responding to requests from the Benghazi consulate for more security prior to the attack on Sept. 11 of this year.

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Here’s the video to refresh Jay’s memory: