Clinton didn’t take the bait. She did say she was “sorry that this has been confusing to people,” but maintained that her email activity was completely “aboveboard” and allowed by the State Department at the time. In terms of apologies, this is akin to saying, “Sorry if I offended anyone,” which is not a real apology.
On the White House’s emerging deal with Iran:
Clinton told Mitchell the Iran deal is “not perfect”—the same thing she said in July—and said she would outline a plan toward Iran on Wednesday.
“It is by no means some kind of validation of Iran,” Clinton said. “My view is don't trust and verify. But it is a very important step, and it is better than the alternative. So on Wednesday I will be outlining in great detail both why I support the agreement, but equally importantly, what I would do as president to enforce it, to hold Iran accountable, and to make clear that no options were off the table, that they can never ever have a nuclear weapon.”
On the possibility of Vice President Joe Biden running for president against her:
Clinton declined to answer “any political questions” about her “friend” Biden, but wished him and his family the best.
On Donald Trump:
The GOP front-runner called senior Clinton aide Huma Abedin into question last week, suggesting that her marriage to former Congressman Anthony Weiner posed a national security threat.
Clinton’s response was blasé. “Well, he’s attacked so many people, including my close aide and myself and many other people. You know, I can take that. That’s just par for the course. I do regret that he is going after so many people, many of them by name, from great basketball players to people who express different opinions from him.”
However, her response later gave some telling insight into how Clinton thinks about rhetoric.
“For more than 20 years, I’ve seen the importance of the president of the United States ... having to send messages that will be received by all kinds of people,” she said. “Loose talk, threats, insults—they have consequences. So I’m going to conduct myself as I believe is appropriate for someone seeking the highest office in this country.”
On Syria’s refugee crisis:
“Should the United States raise its quotas and permit more people from Syria to come in?” Mitchell asked Clinton about the exodus of refugees from the war-torn country.
Clinton said she finds the situation “heartbreaking,” but would not say whether she thinks the U.S. should raise its quota. Instead, she said “the entire world has to come together.”
“I would hope that under the aegis of the United Nations led by the Security Council, and certainly by the United States, which has been such a generous nation in the past, we would begin to try to find ways to help people get to safety in other lands,” Clinton said. “We know that this is not just a problem that the United States can solve. We have to do what I did, with the Iranian sanctions. I had to get the Russians on board. I had to get the Chinese onboard. It was not easy, but that's the kind of intensive diplomacy that is going to be required in order to stop the flow of refugees and to try to bring some peace and security back to the region.”