Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton supports President Barack Obama’s planned “strong and targeted” response to reported chemical weapons use by Syrian president Bashar Assad, an aide tells NBC News.
“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,” said a senior aide to Clinton in her camp’s first response since the president laid out his plan to seek congressional approval for a strike.
Clinton, who left the State Department in February, had been noticeably quiet on the Syrian conflict and had faced increasing calls to weigh in. She is widely considered a top contender for the 2016 Democratic nomination, and – if she runs – the case for her presidency is likely to be built largely on her performance as the nation’s top diplomat.
She drew criticism for tweeting over the weekend about swimmer Diana Nyad’s history-making journey from Cuba to Florida while remaining mum on her assessment of the Obama strategy.
Source: NBC news