Hillary Clinton disagrees with Trump's reason for ordering airstrikes on Syria

Comparing herself with Mary Mallon, who was isolated after she became the first person in United States to be diagnosed with typhoid, Clinton said that public opinion changed when she showed interest in running for the White House.

In her first interview since her election defeat, the democrat said she favoured aggressive action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. There is a constant struggle in a time of rapid change, like one we are living through, between something that is different, that may hold out even possible positive consequences, and something that is familiar and really is first and foremost about security of what you have right now.

"I don't know", Clinton said.

In her first major speaking appearance since losing the 2016 USA election, Hillary Clinton opened up about her failed bid to the White House, reflecting that a Kremlin-led misinformation campaign, an unfortunately-timed letter from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and WikiLeaks were all partially to blame.

Her appearance at the Women in the World Summit is the latest in a string of public appearances for Clinton in the past few weeks.

"I really believe that we should have and still should take out his airfields and prevent him from being able to use them to bomb innocent people and drop sarin gas on them", she said Thursday during an event in NY.

"I want you to be involved, I'm thrilled by all the activity that's going on", she said.

Clinton's clear statement that she doesn't see herself running for office again comes amidst swirling rumors that she is planning a challenge to incumbent Bill de Blasio in the upcoming New York City mayoral election.

Clinton said the 65 per cent approval rating she had enjoyed as Barack Obama's secretary of state - "a job I was asked to do by a man" - tanked when she announced her intention to run for president. "It created doubts in people".

Regarding the WikiLeaks disclosure of stolen emails from the personal account of her campaign chairman, John Podesta, she said it "played a much bigger role than I think many people yet understand".

"If Texans voted at the same percentage as Californians, you would already be blue", she said. She is now writing a book that would examine her defeat in last year's elections and doubts that she would ever seek public office again. "And let's be sure we support them in every way we can".

  • Larry Hoffman