Hillary Clinton said during her visit to India this weekend that the U.S. did not “deserve” the presidency of Donald Trump.
She gave a speech at an event in Mumbai, where a respected journalist warmly introduced her as the “woman who should have been the president of the United States of America.” Clinton warned in her speech about the dangers of Russian influence and authoritarianism in regimes worldwide. “These are perilous times,” she said.
When asked about the relationship between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, which is now under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, Clinton replied, “Trump does have quite an affinity for dictators. He really likes their authoritarian posturing and behavior.”
“He does have a preexisting attitude of favorability toward these dictators, but I think it’s more than that with Putin and Russia,” she said.
“Do they have something on him?” asked the event’s host, India Today Editor Aroon Purie.
“Well, we’ll find out, we’ll find out,” she answered. “Follow the money.”
The Washington Post reported that in her hour-long appearance, Clinton bemoaned the “reality campaign” tactics of her opponent in the 2016 presidential campaign — musing that perhaps she should have provided more “entertainment” to voters who were responding to Trump’s brash campaign of “insulting and attacking.”
“If people were looking for a reality TV campaign, maybe I should have given them more entertainment,” she said. “I’m the mother who says, ‘Eat your spinach, you’ll grow up strong’. Someone else is saying, ‘Eat all the fast food and the ice cream you can possibly stick in your mouth’.”
The former first lady and senator has been visiting India since 1995, including a high-profile trip as secretary of state in 2011 where she advocated the U.S. policy of “pivot” to Asia.
According to The Washington Post, after her appearance in Mumbai, Clinton flew to the central Indian city of Indore for a private visit to the remote Ahilya Fort hotel in Maheshwar, an 18th-century fort on the Narmada River built by a queen. One of the Queen’s descendants, Richard Holkar, restored the fort and reportedly invited Clinton to visit.