EAU CLAIR, Wis., Oct. 20 (UPI) -- The White House says President George W. Bush never told TV evangelist Pat Robertson that he did not expect casualties from the Iraqi invasion.
"The president never made such a comment," White House press secretary Scott McClellan, the CNN reported.
Senior Bush campaign adviser Karen Hughes, a longtime confidant of the president, said she was "certain" Bush would not have said anything like that to the founder of the Christian Coalition founder.
"Perhaps he misunderstood, but I've never heard the president say any such thing," Hughes said on CNN's "Inside Politics."
Robertson, an ardent Bush supporter, told CNN in an interview Tuesday night that he urged the president to prepare the American people for the prospect of casualties before launching the war in March 2003.
Robertson said Bush told him, " 'Oh, no, we're not going to have any casualties.' "
The Iraqi war since the overthrow of its leader Saddam Hussein has claimed more than 1,100 American troops.