Clinton blames Benghazi for 2016 problems – Hillary Clinton slams Sarah Sanders who called her book 'sad' – Matt Lauer confronts Hillary Clinton on live TV

Clinton blames Benghazi for 2016 problems – Hillary Clinton slams Sarah Sanders who called her book 'sad' – Matt Lauer confronts Hillary Clinton on live TV
  1. Clinton blames Benghazi for 2016 problems – Hillary Clinton slams Sarah Sanders who called her book 'sad' – Matt Lauer confronts Hillary Clinton on live TV
    Hillary Clinton seemed to add Benghazi to her already-long list of culprits to blame for her upset loss to Donald Trump last November, on the heels of the five-year anniversary of the terror attack.  In her first live interview since the election timed with the release of her new memoir “What Happened,” Clinton on Wednesday…
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Hillary Clinton seemed to add Benghazi to her already-long list of culprits to blame for her upset loss to Donald Trump last November, on the heels of the five-year anniversary of the terror attack. 

In her first live interview since the election timed with the release of her new memoir “What Happened,” Clinton on Wednesday brought up the controversy over the Benghazi terror attack in response to a question about her likability.

Clinton said she was unfairly criticized, even suggesting the incident was no different than past tragedies dating back to the Reagan administration.

“Take the Benghazi tragedy—you know, I have one of the top Republicans, Kevin McCarthy, admitting we’re going to take that tragedy—because, you know, we’ve lost people, unfortunately, going back to the Reagan administration, if you talk about recent times, in diplomatic attacks,” Clinton told Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie on NBC’s “Today.” “But boy, it was turned into a political football. And it was aimed at undermining my credibility, my record, my accomplishments.” 

Clinton’s reference to House Majority Leader McCarthy was an apparent swipe at his 2015 boast that the Benghazi committee was hurting Clinton politically. And her mention of Reagan administration-era attacks was likely a reference to the bombing of the U.S. embassy in Beirut, in which 17 Americans were killed.

However, the criticism of the Obama administration after the 2012 Benghazi attack in which four Americans were killed was based on several factors.

Specifically, the Clinton State Department was faulted for ignoring security concerns in the run-up to the attack, contributing to the poor defense posture at the post. The Accountability Review Board that examined the tragedy concluded there were “Systemic failures and leadership and management deficiencies at senior levels” at the department that “resulted in a Special Mission security posture that was inadequate for Benghazi and grossly inadequate to deal with the attack that took place.” 

Fox News also reported Tuesday that contractors said they were pressured to stay quiet about security lapses by the State Department. 

Former Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, now a Fox News contributor, who investigated Clinton’s handling of the attack when in Congress, told Fox News her comments Wednesday were “heartless.”

“It is disgusting for her to downplay it, and I think the American people knew it. She did nothing about it at the time, and this tragedy was entirely preventable, except her State Department was inept in protecting Americans in Benghazi,” Chaffetz told Fox News. “I’m sure she can’t even look in the mirror and face the fact that, on her watch, they lost four Americans, and it’s disgusting she can’t live up to it, even today.”


Chaffetz noted that during the time of congressional probes into the handling of the terror attack, she infamously said “what difference at this point does it make?” about the assault’s origin. 

“I think she really did believe that,” Chaffetz said. “She showed today that her comment about ‘what difference does it make’ was truly how she felt.”

The uncle of foreign service officer Sean Smith, who was killed in Benghazi, also criticized her comments. 

“She’s been in plausible…

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