Hillary Clinton Speaks at Women's Issues Forum

In her most far-ranging remarks since losing the election in November, Hillary Clinton is speaking out. 

The former Secretary of State spoke at a women's issues forum saying that interference by a certain country was in fact costly to her election run, but that ultimately she was responsible for her loss.

Secretary Clinton also said that FBI Director James Comey and Wikileaks documents hurt her campaign and had the election been held on October 28th she would be the one in the White House today.

Secretary Clinton also noted that hours after the Trump/Access Hollywood tape broke, Wikileaks posted its Podesta emails and noting she doubted it was a coincidence. 

Mrs. Clinton went after President Trump saying there was a clear pattern in what her then-opponent was saying and what Russia was saying at the time.

Clinton ended the interview by mocking Trump's foreign policy on Twitter and noted she is now part of the resistance.

 

Benson: Buyer's Remorse Aside, Voters still Don't want Hillary Clinton

Guy Benson, political editor of Townhall.com, told viewers on Monday's "Special Report with Bret Baier"  that if Americans are changing their tune about President Trump, it probably still has to do with his then-opponent. 

A recent ABC News/Washington Post poll shows that if voters had a do-over today, even more would vote for Donald Trump, with 43% choosing the current White House occupant and only 40% choosing Hillary Clinton.  

Benson said "you would get a sense from the coverage that there is massive widespread buyers' remorse with President Trump and this poll suggests that that's just not the case."

Benson, a Fox News contributor, stated that certain obstacles still cloud things for the president.   "The Russia stuff is interesting," Benson said.  "It ought to be investigated," he continued. 

The Townhall.com editor said that some disgruntled voters look at FBI Director James Comey's investigation into the former Secretary of State's private e-mail server as foul play but any loss really lies with the candidates themselves. 

Benson explained "I think that what we're seeing now that even with a very controversial president whose numbers in that poll, internally, not very good would still defeat Mrs. Clinton."  As for the new poll numbers,  "maybe she was just a really lousy candidate and people still recognize that," Benson said. 

Steve Hayes: "Trump Administration is going to take on Iran as a threat"

Steve Hayes, Editor and Chief of the Weekly Standard said Thursday on "Special Report with Bret Baier" that the Trump administration is taking a whole new approach to the threat from Iran.  "The Trump administration is going to take on Iran as a threat looking at the nuclear program, looking at terrorism, looking at what it's doing in the region."  Hayes added,  "remember the Obama administration had this chosen, this deliberate policy of decoupling the nuclear talks from everything else Iran does. You heard in Rex Tillerson's comments yesterday, you've heard from other people in the administration, that's over, that's not happening anymore."   Trump has vowed to take a look at the Iran Nuclear deal, which was put in place by the Obama administration.  However, Hayes said the Trump administration is sending mixed messages.  "The reason for it is Iran, as part of this deal got the goods, got the rewards for the deal early and now it's about compliance.  so if the administration tears up the deal Iran has already gotten much of what it took to sign the deal and the United States and people would keep Iran from getting a nuclear weapon now want to test the compliance." 

 

Krauthammer on Russian Involvement in Syria

Fox News Contributor and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Tuesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that Russia’s continued support of the Assad regime in Syria is “not an affection for Assad or Syria, but because as a result of their involvement, they now have a naval base in the warm water Mediterranean, they have active, very powerful airbase in Syria. They have a presence in the Middle East. They are the power.”

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrived in Moscow on Tuesday as tensions have flared between the United States and Russia over American airstrikes on a Syrian airbase in retaliation for last week’s chemical weapons attack in Idlib province. The Kremlin has denied suggestions that the Syrian government led by President Bashar al Assad may have been behind the attack.

On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin went so far as to suggest that Assad was being framed for the chemical weapons attack, saying “"We have intelligence from various sources that similar provocations are being prepared in other regions of Syria, including southern suburbs of Damascus, where they are planning to plant chemicals and blame the Syrian government for using them."

Before arriving in Moscow, Secretary Tillerson reaffirmed the need for regime change in Syria, and criticized Russia for failing to live up to its  obligation in Russian government brokered a deal to remove chemical weapons from Syria saying “ I hope that what the Russian Government concludes is that they have aligned themselves with an unreliable partner in Bashar al-Assad….The Assad regime, the Iranians and Hezbollah -  is that a long term alliance that serves Russia's interests?”

Krauthammer noted that it may be foolish for an American Secretary of State to lecture Russia on its own best interests: “They have displaced the united states, and their entire foreign policy under Putin is to recover the glory and the territory and the influence of the old Soviet Union one piece at a time and it does that by taking away from the United States. It's a zero sum game.

“So, the idea that we're going to persuade them it's not in your interest to stay with Iran and Hezbollah and Assad, who are we to say, of course it's in the Russian interest, they have succeeded in doing it and unless we show them a reason to abandon it, they are not going to leave. “

Krauthammer: Syria strikes represent “a neck snapping about face” on policy

Charles Krauthammer told viewers Friday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that Thursday’s US missile strikes on Syria represent “a sort of neck snapping about face” when it comes to foreign policy.

“It’s a warning to Assad and the Russians and the Iranians. You no longer have a free hand. You’re going to pay a price. Next time it’ll be a bigger price. All of that is important,” Krauthammer said.

He added that President Trump’s reaction to Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians came more rapidly than when the Obama administration was in office.

“Remember when he came up with the policy on Afghanistan? It took something like eight months,” Krauthammer noted. “This is about 48 hours and America strikes. So I think that is the most important message.”

 

Ingraham: “Highly unusual” for Rice to unmask individuals

Laura Ingraham said on “Special Report with Bret Baier” Tuesday that an intelligence source told her “it would be highly unusual for a political person at the National Security Council to request the unmasking of individuals in these types of reports.” Multiple sources have told Fox News that Susan Rice, former national security adviser under then-President Barack Obama, requested to unmask the names of Trump transition officials caught up in surveillance.

“Usually this type of information is pursued by the investigative body,” added Ingraham. “It’s not by the political apparatus of the president and then if it looks like what happened that these reports were widely then distributed to underlings including unmasked names there’s really no reason to ever do that except for a political reason.”

The unmasked names of people associated with Donald Trump were sent to all those at the National Security Council, some at the Defense Department, then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and then-CIA Director John Brennan – essentially, the officials at the top, including former Rice deputy Ben Rhodes.

“I presume there was no imminent threat of a terrorist attack in the United States and if that had been the case then she would then have given that information to the investigative bodies that would have been in charge of dealing with that but that’s not what Susan Rice seems to have done,” continued Ingraham. “At the very least she has a lot of questions to answer.”

Steve Hayes on Investigation into Russian Election Meddling "the Process doesn't look good"

The Weekly Standard’s Steve Hayes said Thursday  on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that the process of uncovering any Russian meddling in the U.S election "doesn't look good"

He added that there are questions about the process,  "did this come from the white house, was it presented to chairman Nunes who then took it public and to the president and made a big deal about it.  Was there an effort to spin this story to create some PR pushback for President Trump."  Hayes added that we questions surround the previous administrations involvement into the intelligence gathering.   "It's certainly the case that Chairman Nunes and those who are familiar with the material that he's seen believe there was real wrong doing."

The Senate intelligence committee opened its first public hearing on Russian meddling in the 2016 election but Hayes said that if we see "this unmasking and the tasking for the unmasking has come from the white house or the NSC, the Obama administration, then I think that raises additional questions."

Krauthammer on Obamacare Repeal and Replacement: “I don't think there's a reason why it has to be pronounced dead.”

Fox News Contributor and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer said Tuesday on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that despite last week’s failure to get a vote on the American Health Care Act, the House Republican alternative to the Affordable Care Act, a renewed Republican effort for health care legislation is still possible noting: “I don't think there's a reason why it has to be pronounced dead. The president had an ultimatum, he decided he was going to stick to it, he decided that as a result he would not be involved. That's fine. But, it's still, I think an open question whether the republicans in the house and the senate can negotiate among themselves.”

House Republicans held their first conference meeting since last Friday’s decision to pull the American Health Care Act after divisions among the conference – particularly lack of support within the conservative House Freedom Caucus and the moderate Tuesday Group- showed the legislation could not pass the House. After the meeting, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said “some of those that are within the "no" camp expressed the willingness to work to getting to yes and making this work" signaling that he hasn’t given up hope of undertaking new health care legislation.”

Ryan added “I don’t want us to become a factionalized majority. I want us to become a unified majority, and that means we're going to sit down and talk things out until we get there and that's exactly what we're doing. And we saw good overtures from those members from different parts of our conference to get there.”

Krauthammer noted that despite the divisions within the House Republican Conference over the AHCA, there are still methods to find a path forward on a unified GOP solution on health care: “They were not that far apart…I've been advocating this other alternative where you abandon the restrictions that are imposed by the reconciliation process. Meaning, you stuff the bill with all the kinds of stuff you were going to add later, stuff that would appeal to the Freedom Caucus, and you put that in the bill and you toss it over to the Senate.

 

“And if Senate Democrats want to filibuster, fine. So I think there are several options, I don't think they are that far apart, I think it's perfectly reasonable that they couldn't negotiate a deal among themselves, and I do think that in the fall when Obamacare's problems are going to really become, come to the surface again, spiking premiums and deductibles and it gets worse every year, there might be, there will be less nostalgia for Obamacare than you have found in the current debate."

Krauthammer: Another Republican opportunity for healthcare legislation is right around the corner

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer told "Special Report with Bret Baier" viewers that the Republican sponsored healthcare legislation may be dead right now, but another opportunity to revitalize it is just around the corner. 

Because Krauthammer explained that in the Fall, Americans will see the Affordable Health Care implode even more. 

He said, new premiums are "going to be much higher, they'll be fewer choices, far more insurers are going to be withdrawing  from exchanges and they are going to be in a state of collapse."  

The columnist pointed out that while those higher premiums might be good news for Republicans, the defeat of their legislation last week did do some damage to their party clout.  "It's not just a promise betrayed," Krauthammer said, "it's a complete inability to govern."

But Krauthammer showed viewers just how Republicans need to get back on track with any new healthcare legislation.  He said, "put everything in the bill including what's called the "phase three" stuff that was supposed to come later.  The stuff that the conservatives want that everybody really wants -including tort reform, including stripping out the coverage requirements which are largely irrational - put all that in the bill."

By doing that, Krauthammer said, the pressure will be on Democrats to explain why healthcare is failing.  "It'll be the Democrats that have to filibuster," Krauthammer explained, "and let the country watch them deny them a reform of a collapsing system."

Krauthammer: Healthcare repeal failure would "damage" Trump

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer told viewers on "Special Report with Bret Baier" that should the healthcare reform bill fail in the US House of Representatives tomorrow, "It would certainly really damage the Trump presidency."

President Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan have been arm-twisting members of the Republican party for support of the The American Health Care Act, the legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare. Some conservative and moderate GOP members reject the bill citing its failure to lower premiums.

Twenty hours is a long time in politics for picking up five to seven votes for passage, Krauthammer remains optimistic that Trump's party will come through,   "When you have the fate of the presidency and the fate of the speakership hanging on the vote, it's hard to see that in the end that his own party is going to repudiate them." 

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