Hillary Clinton responds to Syria strike

Cheryl Sanders
April 10, 2017

She slammed Russian interference in the election as "an act of aggression", warned Moscow was capable of repeating it and called for a bipartisan USA commitment to make sure it did not happen again.

Her plan would have seen the USA arm anti-Assad rebels "to provide back-up to what I thought would be a one-sided battle", she said, adding: "This was before [Islamic State]".

Mrs Clinton called on the US Congress to put party squabbles aside and look into it. Otherwise, she said, "They will be back".

Clinton also addressed alleged Russian interference attempting to swing the election towards her 2016 opponent, President Trump.

"I don't take any pleasure in seeing the kind of chaotic functioning", Clinton said.

Hours before that, Hillary Clinton gave an interview to New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof at an event in New York where she expressed support for a USA strike on Syrian airfields.

Trump took the toughest line of direct USA action yet in Syria's six-year-long civil war, raising risks of confrontation with Al-Assad's two main military backers - Russian Federation and Iran.

"I am looking at doing interesting things", she told New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof.

Assad's air force, said the defeated Democratic presidential nominee, was "the cause of most of the civilian deaths, as we have seen over the years and as we saw again in the last few days".

But in recent weeks, Clinton has appeared increasingly willing to speak out in public, even wading into politics. Clinton believes Russia's backstage role, FBI Director James Comey's involvement toward the end of the race, WikiLeaks theft of emails and misogyny led to her defeat. "People have asked me 'Why do you think he did that to you?'" Clinton said. But it is fair to say as you just did that certainly, misogyny played a role.That just has to be admitted.

She cited the president's proposed travel restrictions on people from certain countries and the effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. "By the time they were finished with me, I was Typhoid Mary".

"Some people - women included - had real problems with the idea of a woman president", she added. "It was so obvious", Clinton said.

The former candidate finished by saying she had no plans to run for office again.

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