The Obama administration is disavowing a statement from its own Cairo embassy that seemed to apologize for anti-Muslim activity in the United States.
"The statement by Embassy Cairo was not cleared by Washington and does not reflect the views of the United States government," an administration official told POLITICO.
The U.S. embassy in Cairo issued a statement Tuesday condemning the anti-Muslim film that reportedly sparked the violent protests against U.S. diplomatic missions in Egypt and Libya.
"The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims – as we condemn efforts to offend believers of all religions," the embassy said in a statement.
The film depicts the Muslim prophet Muhammed as a "womanizer, pedophile and fraud," according to The Wall Street Journal.
The director and producer of the film, Sam Bacile, was forced into hiding Tuesday, due to the outrage it produced within the Arab world.
"Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet. The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a statement released Tuesday.
The Romney campaign slammed the Obama administration for failing to decisively condemn radical Islamist attacks on the American embassies.
“I'm outraged by the attacks on American diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt and by the death of an American consulate worker in Benghazi. It's disgraceful that the Obama administration's first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions, but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks,” Romney said.