The day after Blackwater CEO Erik Prince noted the State Department's lack of defense of his company, President George W. Bush praised the firm to reporters.
At an October 17 White House news conference, the president said he is awaiting an analysis of the diplomatic security provider's performance, but as the Washington Times reports, he quickly added his own personal praise.
"I will tell you, though, that a firm like Blackwater provides a valuable service," said President Bush. "They protect people's lives, and I appreciate the sacrifice and service that the Blackwater employees have made."
The Associated Press also carries the president's supportive comments.