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Hillary Clinton says ‘More’ can be done to hurt Putin, help Ukraine: ‘Double down’

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton praised the job that President Biden has done in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, while asserting that there is more that the U.S. should be doing to make a difference in the region.In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Clinton said that the U.S. is “looking at this with our eyes wide open,” and seeing the threat that Russian President Vladimir Putin poses not just to Ukraine but to “Europe, to democracy, and to global stability.” Still, she claimed that the sanctions imposed and assistance given to Ukraine so far are not enough.SEC. BLINKEN SAYS WE CANNOT BECOME ‘NUMB’ TO PUTIN’S WAR CRIMES, VOWS ‘ACCOUNTABILITY’”We have to double down. There is more that can be done to increase pressure and stress: additional sanctions, more in the way of lethal aid, and now that there has been a pushback thanks to the brave Ukrainian military offensive action, there is time to resupply the Ukrainians so they can continue to defend their country,” Clinton said.The 2016 Democratic presidential candidate added that she would not allow Russia to rejoin international organizations, and that the Kremlin should be boycotted if they try.
WASHINGTON, USA – JULY 14: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delivers a speech during a campaign rally at Northern Community College in Annandale, Washington, USA on July 14, 2016. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
(Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)So far, the Biden administration has imposed a number of sanctions against Russia aimed at isolating and crippling its economy. Still, Clinton says they can do more.”The only way that we’re going to end the bloodshed and terror that we’re seeing unleashed in Ukraine and protect Europe and democracy is to do everything we can to impose even greater costs on Putin. There are more banks that can be sanctioned and taken out of the so-called SWIFT relationship. There is an increasing call for doing more on gas and oil.”AMID RUSSIA WAR ON UKRAINE, BILL CLINTON RELAUNCHING CLINTON GLOBAL INITIATIVEClinton noted that European allies are trying to get out from under their reliance on Russian energy saying that “we need to expedite” this.Despite pointing out what Biden can do better, Clinton stated that Biden’s response to Ukraine “has been excellent.” She cited “releasing classified intelligence to prevent the false flag kind of operations that Putin was counting on.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPShe did not have similar praise for how Biden handled the withdrawal from Afghanistan in August 2021. When asked if the Afghan withdrawal led to political woes that Biden has faced, Clinton responded frankly.”I don’t think it helped,” she said. “I think that is obviously the case.”

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