Clinton acknowledges work to do to win trust

Carla Harmon
August 12, 2016

Clinton in her statement added one important thing.

Hillary Clinton acknowledged Friday the challenge she'd face leading a country where most Americans don't trust her, saying she takes "seriously" the work she must do to build confidence in her character.

On the controversy over her private email server, Clinton also struggled but doubled down on what she's previously said - that her answers to FBI Director James Comey were truthful and she regrets ever having the second server in the first place.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton speaks to NABJ NAHJ Journalists

"I was pointing out. that Director Comey had said that my answers in my Federal Bureau of Investigation interview were truthful that's really the bottom line here and I have said during the interview and in many other occasions in the past months that what I have told the Federal Bureau of Investigation - which he said was truthful - is consistent with what I have said publicly", Clinton said. "I believe we will pick up some seats in the House and at least, if not take it back, narrow the numbers". "So I may have short circuited it and for that I will try to clarify". She attacked Trump on his remarks toward Muslims and other immigrants. "He retweets white nationalists". Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump declined an invitation to speak. Even when President Barack Obama held majorities in both the Senate and House during his first term, he was still unable to find widespread Republican support for his plans.

"Donald Trump's problems go far beyond economics", Clinton told a capacity crowd at the Marriott Wardenpark. "The Great Recession hits our whole country hard, but the toll was especially difficult for Black and Latino families".

Clinton's comments came hours after the US government announced that the economy added 255,000 jobs in July - surpassing economists' expectations - while the unemployment rate stayed at 4.9%.

Most of the applause heard when Clinton mentioned her support for immigration came from convention seating where members of the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists were located. He says awful things about one group of Americans after another.

Looming over Clinton's appearance in front of a ballroom full of journalists in Washington, D.C., was her relative lack of interactions with reporters.

NABJ President Sarah Glover described it as the "largest press conference with any presidential candidate before a room filled with journalists of color" when introducing Clinton.

But Clinton has not once taken questions for 15 to 20 minutes in 2016.

Unlike her general election opponent, who has made media engagement a cornerstone of his campaign, Clinton is known for her reluctance to address reporters.

"We'll have a press conference when we want to have a press conference", Joel Benenson, Clinton's chief strategist, said last month.

In her prepared remarks, Clinton spoke of her commitment to black and Hispanic communities in general, citing plans to reinvigorate the USA economy and pass comprehensive immigration and criminal justice reform.

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