During an interview on NPR’s “On Point” to promote her book “Hard Choices,” former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was asked about the famous “reset” button she handed to Russia’s Foreign Minister Segei Lavrov back in 2009.
According to Clinton, the button “worked.”
The presumed 2016 presidential candidate made the statement after “On Point” fill-in host John Harwood asked Clinton to comment about criticism and claims that “the president’s reset didn’t work … that he was played by Putin.”
“The reset worked,” Clinton said. “It was an effort to try to obtain Russian cooperation on key objectives while Medvedev was president, and of course Putin still pulled the strings but he gave Medvedev a certain amount of independence to negotiate, number one, a new arms control treaty which was absolutely necessary.”
Also asked about the current battle between Israel and Hamas, Clinton quickly reminded the host that she was the last person to bring peace the region: “I negotiated the last cease-fire in Gaza November 2012.”
“It lasted until this month,” she added.
Listen to the entire interview below. Clinton’s discussion on who should take responsibility for the current war between Israel and Hamas begins at the 1:00 mark (she eventually blames Hamas); the question about Russia and the reset button starts at the 6:00 mark:
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