Hillary Clinton Takes (Another) Jab at Putin
During a talk before the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton let it all out – a jab at Russian President Vladimir Putin, her shock at the on-going situation in Iraq and a reaction to Eric Cantor’s primary loss.
While reflecting on her time as Secretary of State, she discussed the difficulty in forging diplomacy with certain foreign leaders, particularly Russian President Vladimir Putin. “There are obvious exceptions — very difficult to build relationships with some people,” Clinton said. “And I’m talking about you, Vladimir,” she said — somewhat — jokingly.
It wasn’t just her honesty about Putin that caught attention, but also her reaction to the ISIS in Iraq.
“This is not just a Syrian problem anymore. I never thought it was a Syrian problem, I thought it was a regional problem,” she said. “I could not have predicted the extent to which ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) could be effective in seizing cities in Iraq and trying to erase boundaries and create an Islamic state.”
On a roll, she also commented on the primary loss of Republican majority leader, Eric Cantor.
“I think it shows the continuing conflict within the Republican party over its direction and that will be a challenge. It may not effect necessarily the election in November, we’ll see, but it will certainly have long-term implications for 2016 and maybe beyond,” she said.
Needless to say, the former secretary isn’t holding anything back.