Kerry Rice, the former US ambassador to the UN, said on Thursday that he never said that he was “going to be president” of the United States.
Rice, who has been widely criticised for his handling of the crisis in Syria, said he “never said that” and had merely been speaking of “how much better we can be”.
“I never said it, I never meant it, and it’s not something that I think is in the cards,” he said.
He said he had no plans to run for president in 2020, when the term expires.
Rice has said that his “mission was not to be President”, and that he had left the US in order to spend more time with his family.
But his former colleagues have said that while he was willing to step down if elected, he has no intention of doing so.