Obama Administration Official Reacts to ABC News Interview with Mubarak

By Kristina

Feb 3, 2011 5:10pm

Earlier today, ABC News’ Christiane Amanpour, in Cairo, interviewed embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

You can read the interview HERE. 

Asked for response, one Obama administration official says perhaps of most significance is the part of the interview where Mubarak says – in front of his son Gamal — that it was never his intention to have his son follow him into office.

Mubarak hasn’t said that publicly before.

As ABC News reported earlier this week,  Gamal being taken off the table as a potential successor was on the list of talking points for Frank Wisner to bring to Mubarak, but on Tuesday night Mubarak didn’t say anything about whether Gamal would be on the September ballot. 

Vice President Suleiman has, but Obama administration officials weren’t sure until now as to whether Mubarak had come to terms with it.

-Jake Tapper

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