In an interview on CNN's Erin Burnett OutFront, Fran Townsend described comments made by President Obama on an open microphone as "very, very troubling."
Obama asked his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev for some "space" on the U.S.-led NATO missile defense system in Europe. "This is my last election," Obama said. "After my election I have more flexibility."
Townsend said the president's statement was "offensive" for raising the suggestion that the Mr. Obama's policies on the missile shield may be different in private than the ones he's expressed in public.