Clinton Apologizes to Obama for Foreign Policy Firestorm

Hillary Clinton called and apologized to President Obama on Tuesday, after a firestorm over comments she made in an interview in which she criticized some of his foreign policy statements:

“Earlier today, the Secretary called President Obama to make sure he knows that nothing she said was an attempt to attack him, his policies, or his leadership. Secretary Clinton has at every step of the way touted the significant achievements of his Presidency, which she is honored to have been part of as his Secretary of State. While they've had honest differences on some issues, including aspects of the wicked challenge Syria presents, she has explained those differences in her book and at many points since then. Some are now choosing to hype those differences but they do not eclipse their broad agreement on most issues,” said a statement from Nick Merrill, a Clinton spokesman.

Merrill added that, “she looks forward to hugging it out when she they see each other tomorrow.”

Both Clinton and Obama are expected to attend an event on Wednesday in Martha’s Vineyard, where both are vacationing.

Clinton, in an interview with the Atlantic Monthly that was published on Sunday, had suggested Obama’s national security approach had not done enough to hasten the rise of ISIS in Iraq and Syria and that he was too cautious about the use of America’s power and influence abroad.

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