Hillary Clinton Called for Strikes on Syrian Airfields Shortly Before Trump's Announcement
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 11, 2017,
Apr 11, 2017, 21:49
After spending most of the last five months out of the public eye, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton appeared Thursday at a women's summit in NY - where she expressed concern over the current direction of the United States and Russia's purported involvement in November's election. The US and other Western countries put the blame on Assad's armed forces for the chemical attack, which was said to be the worst in the country for more than four years.
The Russian hackings, she said, appeared to be a "more effective theft even than Watergate".
The former U.S. Secretary of State also acknowledged her shortcomings in dealing with the Syrian leader.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaks at Georgetown University.
Clinton made the remarks at the Women in the World summit in her first public interview since the November election. The wide-ranging question-and-answer session was conducted by the New York Times' Nicholas Kristof.
"But the action taken last night needs to be followed by a broader strategy to end Syria's civil war, and to eliminate ISIS's stronghold on both sides of the border", she continued.
Clinton said family and friends "rallied around me in an unbelievable way" and used the platform Thursday to level barbs against the Trump administration, which she said was going through "some very public growing pains".
"The aftermath of the election was so devastating".
"As a person, I'm ok. As an American, I'm pretty anxious".
The United States could not in one breath speak of protecting Syrian babies and in the next, close the U.S. doors to the refugees from Syria, she said. "Right?" Clinton said in a jab at Trump.
President Trump launched 59 cruise missiles on an airfield in Syria just days after at least 80 people were killed in a chemical attack on Idlib province.
The lingering disappointment among her supporters in the room was clear. "By the time they finished with me, I was Typhoid Mary". During her interview, The New York Times reported that the C.I.A. warned senior lawmakers last summer about Russia's efforts to help elect Trump, months earlier than was previously reported. Clinton said both the men are not fond of strong women.
Days after the California appearance, Clinton delivered pointed criticism of the Trump administration.
In front of a packed auditorium at the Lincoln Centre, Clinton spoke about her life after the Election Day.
"I am looking at doing interesting things. I don't think [my future plans] will ever include running for office again". "I have no plans". What the underlying reasons were, I'm trying to parse out myself.