Obama shares condolences for former national security adviser to Carter
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Former President Obama offered his condolences Saturday to former White House National Security Adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, who passed away Friday.

"Dr. Brzezinski's influence spanned several decades. I was one of several Presidents who benefited from his wisdom and counsel,” Obama said in a statement.



The Polish-born strategist served as former President Jimmy Carter’s national security adviser during the Iran hostage crisis during the late 1970s.


The national security adviser came under scrutiny for his handling of the Iran hostage crisis and other issues involving the Soviet Union during the Carter administration.

He was honored with he Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1981 for his work in the normalization of U.S.-China relations and in U.S. national security and human rights.

Brzezinski's daughter and Morning Joe host Mika announced her father’s passing Friday on Instagram.

"My father passed away peacefully tonight," she wrote in the Instagram post. "He was known to his friends as Zbig, to his grandchildren as Chief and to his wife as the enduring love of her life."