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August 12th, 2014
06:07 PM ET

Report: Obama calls criticism of Syria policy 'horsesh*t'

(CNN) – Remember when President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were so close, they didn't even have to use words?

"I consider Hillary a strong friend," Obama told 60 Minutes in a joint interview early 2013.

"I mean very, warm, close, I think there's a sense of understanding that sometimes doesn't even take words," Clinton said.

Well sometimes, it does take words. According to a Clinton aide, the former secretary of state just called Obama to assure him, that "nothing she said" in an interview with The Atlantic was an attempt to attack him, his policies, or his leadership.

The news comes the day before Clinton and Obama are supposed to be meeting at a party on Martha's Vineyard, where the President is vacationing, and the former secretary of state is signing copies of her book. An aide says Clinton looks forward to hugging it out, but what exactly did Clinton say about the president's policies that required clarification?

"The failure to help build up a credible fighting force of the people who were the originators of the protests against Assad ... left a big vacuum, which the jihadists have now filled," she told The Atlantic.

The Daily Beast reports the President is outraged over over the criticism being levied against him on Syria, both by his own party, and his former secretary of state, calling the criticism "horsesh*t."

The Daily Beast's Josh Rogin joins CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" to discuss.

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