Hillary Clinton to talk about Syria at White House
September 9th, 2013
11:45 AM ET
7 months ago

Hillary Clinton to talk about Syria at White House

Updated 9/9/2013 at 11:45am

(CNN) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will comment "very briefly" on the debate over potential U.S. military action in Syria when she's at the White House on Monday, according to a Clinton source.

Clinton, whose aide said last week she supported the president's decision to seek congressional authorization for strikes in Syria, is scheduled to appear Monday afternoon at a forum on wildlife trafficking, where she will speak on a variery of topics, including Syria.

Clinton will deliver "identical" Syria comments to her White House statement during her speech Tuesday night at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, the source added.

Also Tuesday night, the president is scheduled to deliver an address on Syria to the public from the White House at 9 p.m. ET.

A potential Democratic contender for president in 2016, Clinton received questions and some criticism for not speaking out after chemical weapons were allegedly used by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

On Wednesday, her aide said "Secretary Clinton supports the president's effort to enlist the Congress in pursuing a strong and targeted response to the Assad regime's horrific use of chemical weapons."

Clinton had originally planned on delivering a "robust policy speech," in Philadelphia, according to an aide, who tells CNN that speech has been put on hold.

"It's simply and obviously not the right time. Furthermore, she is very mindful that she will be speaking only an hour or so before the President addresses the nation," said the aide.

In addition to pushing for diplomatic efforts to remove al-Assad from power, Clinton backed a proposal last year to provide weapons to Syrian rebels when she served as secretary of state.

Clinton also issued warnings in January shortly before leaving office about Iran's involvement in Syria, saying the country was supplying al-Assad's regime with military supplies. She urged Iran, as well as Russia, to reconsider their aid to the war-torn country.

Clinton further defended her role as the nation's top diplomat in the situation.

"I've done what was possible to do," she told reporters.


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Syria
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Cyclops

    If she backs this unpopular war, and yes it will turn into a war...Hillary will destroy her chances of being President.

    September 8, 2013 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  2. ML/NJ

    Oh, good! Let's hear from an overrated bimbo with no positive accomplishments since she graduated Yale Law.

    September 8, 2013 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  3. cmml

    Notice Hilary supports Obama's decision to seek Congressional Authorization. It does not say she supports military action.

    Watch in 2016 when this whole thing has gone sideways how she will walk this back and claim she never supported military intervention

    September 8, 2013 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I swear, if Assad declared he was an American citizen, the GOP and the rest of the right wing nut jobs would make him their presidential candidate in 2016.

    September 8, 2013 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The republican slate for 2016 will be Assad/Putin.

    September 8, 2013 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  6. Getoverit

    Who cares... yawn...

    September 8, 2013 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  7. freedom

    Who cares what she thinks?? She left her "friend", Ambassador Stevens to be brutally murdered in Benghazi – she not only has no credibility – she is ruthless.

    September 8, 2013 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  8. MesaMax

    Syria has been boiling since 2011. What did Hillary Clinton, the presidential wannabe, do? Nothing! And she thinks she could run for president? With Syria and the Benghazi Consulate Massacre on her watch? LOL LOL LOL

    September 9, 2013 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  9. just saying

    Clinton, whose aide said last week she supported the president's decision to seek congressional authorization for strikes in Syria, is scheduled to appear Monday afternoon for a forum on wildlife trafficking.
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    wow..... real heavy wait topic there hillary!! they must be paying her a small fortune.

    September 9, 2013 01:37 am at 1:37 am |
  10. Richard Long

    If she isn't officially running, why would it matter if she spoke about Syria anyways.

    But... "what matter does it make?"

    September 9, 2013 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  11. kirk

    If she were smart, she would just shut up. I hate to say it but newt's prophecy is looking probable, she should not be weighing in on a subject that is so prominently frowned on by her voting blocks. It's frustrating to watch the dems be so stupid, keep her in the closet with her mouth taped shut if you have too. They keep kissing butt to big oil, and military contractors and keep losing votes stupid, just sad what money is doing to our country

    September 9, 2013 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  12. NYNJCT

    Hillary said on Wednesday, "Secretary Clinton supports the president's effort to enlist the Congress in pursuing a strong and targeted ........ HI, HILLARY, DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IN 2016. I am not any more your supporter.

    September 9, 2013 07:39 am at 7:39 am |