Washington (CNN) - Liz Cheney blasted President Barack Obama in a statement Wednesday, saying he seems "unwilling to do what it takes" to protect the country from a terrorist attack.
Cheney released the statement following a report in the Washington Post that quotes journalist Bob Woodward's new book detailing the Obama administration's deliberations over U.S. strategy in Afghanistan.
According to an excerpt, Obama sat down with Woodward last July to discuss the White House's struggle with the threat of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil.
"We can absorb a terrorist attack. We'll do everything we can to prevent it, but even a 9/11, even the biggest attack ever . . . we absorbed it and we are stronger," Obama reportedly said in the interview.
In response, Cheney, the chairman of "Keep America Safe," said that Obama's "comment suggests an alarming fatalism on the part of President Obama and his administration."
"Once again the President seems either unwilling or unable to do what it takes to keep this nation safe. The President owes the American people an explanation," Cheney said.