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USA: 'Am I not speaking English?' State Dept infuriates reporters over Clinton emails02:55

USA: 'Am I not speaking English?' State Dept infuriates reporters over Clinton emails

United States, Washington D.C.
August 11, 2016 at 14:12 GMT +00:00 · Published

SOT, Elizabeth Trudeau, Director of press office at US State Department (English): "So very similar to what I said before, I’m not going to speak to specific emails. However, I think you guys know State Department officials are regularly in touch with a wide variety of outside individuals and organisations, including businesses, nonprofits, NGOs, think tanks. The nearly 55,000 pages of former Secretary Clinton’s emails released by the department over the past year give a sense of the wide range of individuals both inside and outside of government that State Department officials are in contact with on a range of subjects."

SOT, Journalist (English): "So you don’t feel like this email or you don’t feel like there was impropriety in the relationship between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department at the time?"

SOT, Elizabeth Trudeau, Director of press office at US State Department (English): "We talk to a wide range of people, at my level, at various levels in the department – NGOs, think tanks, business leaders, experts on a variety of subjects."

SOT, Journalist (English): "But that’s not her – that’s not her question."

SOT, Journalist (English): "Except in this – and importantly, in this case, Secretary Clinton made a pledge that she would not personally or substantially in any way involve herself with the Clinton Foundation. So it’s not just any outside organisation. It’s the specific organisation that she said ahead of time she wouldn’t have contact with. So doesn’t that – doesn’t this, then, seem to violate that pledge?"

SOT, Elizabeth Trudeau, Director of press office at US State Department (English): "So again, to reiterate, department officials are in touch with a wide range of individuals. I’d note that former Secretary Clinton’s ethics agreement did not preclude other State Department officials from having contact with Clinton Foundation staff."

SOT, Journalist (English): "Can you at least try to answer Abigail’s question, which was: 'Has the department looked into this and determined that there was no impropriety?'"

SOT, Elizabeth Trudeau, Director of press office at US State Department (English): "The department is regularly in touch with people across the whole spectrum, Matt."

SOT, Journalist (English): "That’s not the question. The question is whether or not you’ve looked into this – the building has looked into it and determined that everything was okay, that there was nothing wrong here."

SOT, Elizabeth Trudeau, Director of press office at US State Department (English): "We feel confident in our ability and our past practice of reaching out to a variety of sources and being responsive to requests."

SOT, Journalist (English): "I’m sorry, are you – am I not speaking English? Is this – I mean, is it coming across as a foreign – I’m not asking you if – no one is saying it’s not okay or it’s bad for the department to get a broad variety of input from different people. Asking – the question is whether or not you have determined that there was nothing improper here."

Director of the US State Department's press office, Elizabeth Trudeau, had a hard time answering a storm of questions concerning newly published emails detailing the department's connections with wealthy donors of Bill Clinton’s foundation during Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state, in Washington D.C. on Thursday.

In one question related to the relationship between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department, Trudeau made clear that she would not discuss specific emails. “I’m not going to speak to specific emails,” she said.

As Trudeau avoided replying the specific question, another journalist intervened, asking the spokesperson to give an answer. “Can you at least try to answer Abigail’s question, which was: 'Has the department looked into this and determined that there was no impropriety?.'"

The dialogue continued with no satisfactory answer being given to the point that the journalist said: “I’m sorry, are you – am I not speaking English?”

The organisation Judicial Watch released on Tuesday 296 pages with records from the US State Department including emails detailing back-and-forth between top aides of Clinton and of her husband.

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SOT, Elizabeth Trudeau, Director of press office at US State Department (English): "So very similar to what I said before, I’m not going to speak to specific emails. However, I think you guys know State Department officials are regularly in touch with a wide variety of outside individuals and organisations, including businesses, nonprofits, NGOs, think tanks. The nearly 55,000 pages of former Secretary Clinton’s emails released by the department over the past year give a sense of the wide range of individuals both inside and outside of government that State Department officials are in contact with on a range of subjects."

SOT, Journalist (English): "So you don’t feel like this email or you don’t feel like there was impropriety in the relationship between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department at the time?"

SOT, Elizabeth Trudeau, Director of press office at US State Department (English): "We talk to a wide range of people, at my level, at various levels in the department – NGOs, think tanks, business leaders, experts on a variety of subjects."

SOT, Journalist (English): "But that’s not her – that’s not her question."

SOT, Journalist (English): "Except in this – and importantly, in this case, Secretary Clinton made a pledge that she would not personally or substantially in any way involve herself with the Clinton Foundation. So it’s not just any outside organisation. It’s the specific organisation that she said ahead of time she wouldn’t have contact with. So doesn’t that – doesn’t this, then, seem to violate that pledge?"

SOT, Elizabeth Trudeau, Director of press office at US State Department (English): "So again, to reiterate, department officials are in touch with a wide range of individuals. I’d note that former Secretary Clinton’s ethics agreement did not preclude other State Department officials from having contact with Clinton Foundation staff."

SOT, Journalist (English): "Can you at least try to answer Abigail’s question, which was: 'Has the department looked into this and determined that there was no impropriety?'"

SOT, Elizabeth Trudeau, Director of press office at US State Department (English): "The department is regularly in touch with people across the whole spectrum, Matt."

SOT, Journalist (English): "That’s not the question. The question is whether or not you’ve looked into this – the building has looked into it and determined that everything was okay, that there was nothing wrong here."

SOT, Elizabeth Trudeau, Director of press office at US State Department (English): "We feel confident in our ability and our past practice of reaching out to a variety of sources and being responsive to requests."

SOT, Journalist (English): "I’m sorry, are you – am I not speaking English? Is this – I mean, is it coming across as a foreign – I’m not asking you if – no one is saying it’s not okay or it’s bad for the department to get a broad variety of input from different people. Asking – the question is whether or not you have determined that there was nothing improper here."

Director of the US State Department's press office, Elizabeth Trudeau, had a hard time answering a storm of questions concerning newly published emails detailing the department's connections with wealthy donors of Bill Clinton’s foundation during Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state, in Washington D.C. on Thursday.

In one question related to the relationship between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department, Trudeau made clear that she would not discuss specific emails. “I’m not going to speak to specific emails,” she said.

As Trudeau avoided replying the specific question, another journalist intervened, asking the spokesperson to give an answer. “Can you at least try to answer Abigail’s question, which was: 'Has the department looked into this and determined that there was no impropriety?.'"

The dialogue continued with no satisfactory answer being given to the point that the journalist said: “I’m sorry, are you – am I not speaking English?”

The organisation Judicial Watch released on Tuesday 296 pages with records from the US State Department including emails detailing back-and-forth between top aides of Clinton and of her husband.

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