Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday blamed the reopening of the investigation into her email by FBI Director James Comey as well as Russian interference for her defeat.
Speaking before a gathering of Women for Women International, Clinton allowed that she had “made mistakes” but said the events of the campaign’s final 10 days were to blame for her loss to Donald Trump.
‘It wasn’t a perfect campaign — there is no such thing — but I was on the way to winning until the combination of Jim Comey’s letter on Oct. 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me but got scared off.’
Clinton criticized President Trump for offering negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
“The North Koreans are always interested — not just Kim Jong Un, but his father before him — in trying to get Americans to come to negotiate, to elevate their status and their position. We should be very careful about giving that away. You should not offer that in the absence of a broader, strategic framework to try to get China, Japan, Russia, South Korea to try to put the position on the regime that will finally bring them to the negotiating table.”
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Asked what the impact might have been for women around the world if she had become president, Clinton replied: ”I think it would have been a really big deal.”
More broadly, Clinton spoke out against asking job applicants about prior pay, and said gender pay differences were particularly notable in the technology industry.