Clinton Denies Health Concerns as Conspiracy Theories
September 06, 2016
Clinton dismissed concerns about her health as one of many conspiracy theories that were lobbed against her. “I’m not concerned about the conspiracy theories. There are so many of them I’ve lost track of them, and so I pay no attention to them.”
- She blamed seasonal allergies for a sustained coughing fit at an earlier event in Ohio. During the question and answer session on her plane, she also had to step away because of persistent coughing.
- Clinton on Monday expressed concern about “credible reports” of Russian interference in the U.S. election and accused Donald Trump of being fixated on dictators including Russia’s Vladimir Putin.
- Taking questions from reporters for more than 20 minutes on her campaign plane, Clinton said both Democrats and Republicans should be concerned about Russia’s behavior.
- “The fact that our intelligence professionals are now studying this and taking it seriously raises some grave questions about potential Russian interference with our electoral process,” Clinton said.
- “We are facing a very serious concern. We’ve never had a foreign adversarial power be already involved in our electoral process. … We’ve never had the nominee of one of our major parties urging the Russians to hack more,” she said.
- Clinton has previously tied Russian intelligence services to the cyber hack on the Democratic National Committee.
- Asked on Monday if she believed the Russian government was trying to help elect her opponent, Clinton paused. “He, very early on allied himself with Putin’s policies. I mean to pull out of NATO for goodness sakes. Right?” Clinton said. “And he furthermore has praised Putin he seems to have this bizarre attraction to dictators including Putin,” Clinton added.
EMAIL SCANDAL CONTINUES TO FOLLOW CLINTON
Clinton, whose use of a private email account during her time as secretary of state has dogged her 2016 presidential campaign, said she “went into the State Department understanding classification I’d been on the Senate Armed Services Committee for years before I was secretary of state. I take classification seriously. The fact I couldn’t remember certain meetings whether or not they had occurred. It in any way affect, the commitment that I had and still have to the treatment of classified material.”
Clinton said that the attacks on her family’s foundation were not rooted in fact and sidestepped a question on whether her daughter, Chelsea, should step down from the foundation’s leadership if she is elected in November.
“So a lot of what’s been said is just not founded in fact and the foundation made the decision that it will be making some significant changes that are under way right now,” she said.
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