However, her focus will be “on what happens to the people, especially women in Afghanistan, if the Taliban return to power if the government collapses,” she said, echoing concerns among some about a potential power vacuum after US forces leave. If that happens, she said she hopes the United States and its allies will help the Afghans leave the country to “deal with what I expect to be a very large flow of refugees.”
Clinton also criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying he approved of US sanctions against Navalny, a staunch critic of the regime, which she called “particularly disturbing.”
“He represents the millions of Russians who deserve to have a better government that actually, you know, is working to move Russia forward, which Putin is not,” she said, adding that the White House and Congress must speak “very strongly. “for the Liberation of Navalny.
The former New York senator also spoke about Giuliani, a longtime political opponent she defeated in her successful 2000 campaign in the Senate. On Wednesday, FBI agents raided Giuliani’s home and office, seizing materials related to an investigation into his work in Ukraine while serving as President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer.
Clinton said she would “let the justice system work”, but added that Giuliani “has been behaving so erratically and seemingly illegally for so long” that “I don’t recognize him now”.
“I don’t know what happened to him and we will see what the investigation will end,” she added.
Clinton also touched on an urgent internal issue, calling on the Senate to remove the filibuster, saying that “its usefulness has passed us by.”
This is a position that many Democrats have taken on fears that Republicans will use it as an obstacle to Biden’s agenda. Apart from that, she said she supported the abolition of the filibuster for “constitutional issues” as a voting right.
The former Democratic candidate also nodded at the historic moment of two women – Vice President Kamala Harris and Parliament Speaker Nancy Pelosi – sitting behind Biden during his first joint address to Congress on Wednesday.
“It really was a turning point,” she said. “I don’t think it’s still sinking in people that, you know, the combination of the House speaker and our vice president broke so many barriers and, as you say, the glass ceiling. It’s just exciting to see.”