Friday, September 9, 2016

Hillary Clinton's National Security Session: In the Room Where It Happens

Hillary Clinton convened a bipartisan panel of experts on national security at the New York Historical Society today.  The group included those who have made policy and those who have implemented policies for a broad-based discussion of threats and how we deal with them.

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After the meeting, Hillary held a press briefing.

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I made sure to include a few pics of Hillary smiling for Reince Priebus.  She was talking about deadly serious issues, but she is personable with the press.
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The issue of the North Korean nuclear test arose in the press briefing after the meeting.

Statement From Hillary Clinton On North Korea’s Nuclear Test

Hillary Clinton released the following statement Friday on North Korea’s nuclear test:
“North Korea’s decision to conduct another nuclear test is outrageous and unacceptable.  I strongly condemn this reckless action, which – coupled with its recent series of missile launches – makes clear Pyongyang’s determination to develop a deliverable nuclear weapon.  This constitutes a direct threat to the United States, and we cannot and will never accept this.
I support President Obama’s call to both strengthen the sanctions passed earlier this year with the United Nations and to impose additional sanctions.  At the same time, we must strengthen defense cooperation with our allies in the region; South Korea and Japan are critical to our missile defense system, which will protect us against a North Korean missile.  China plays a critical role, too, and must meaningfully increase pressure on North Korea – and we must make sure they do.
This is another reminder that America must elect a President who can confront the threats we face with steadiness and strength.  We need a Commander-in-Chief committed to a bipartisan foreign policy, who can bring together top experts with deep experience to solve the toughest challenges.  And we need a President committed to reducing – not increasing – the number of nuclear weapons and nuclear states in the world.  More countries with nuclear weapons in Northeast Asia would increase the chances of the unthinkable happening.  We cannot take that risk.”