During an interview with Fox News ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII, Bill O'Reilly grilled President Barack Obama on the 2012 attack on Benghazi.
The president admitted that security on the compound was "lax," and precautions "that needed to be taken weren't taken."
"The main thing we have to take away from this is our diplomats are working in some dangerous places," he added.
Obama criticized those that have politicized the event, saying Democrats and Republicans should be "unified" rather than using the unfortunate event to advance a political agenda. He said Americans have dwelled on the scandal because networks like Fox News continue to rehash it.
“Your detractors believe that you did not tell the world [Benghazi] was a terror attack because your campaign didn’t want that out,” O’Reilly said. “That’s what they believe.”
“And they believe it because folks like you tell them that,” Obama said. "These kinds of things keep on surfacing in part because you and your TV station will promote them."
Each year, the president sits down with the network airing the Super Bowl for an exclusive interview. Obama has sat down with Katie Couric, Matt Lauer and Scott Pelley in the past.