After 278 days and numerous inquiries, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton finally agreed to hold a press conference.
The conference took place Thursday in front of Clinton’s plane on the tarmac in White Plains, NY.
During the conference, which lasted approximately 15 minutes, Clinton was asked a total of six questions, none of which dealt with the scandal involving her private email server, or reports that contributors to the Clinton Foundation received special concessions.
Clinton’s seeming unwillingness hold a press conference to answer questions from the media has been an ongoing issue.
Shortly after a speech harshly criticizing her GOP rival saying he is “taking hate groups mainstream and helping a radical fringe take over the Republican Party,” media reporters attempted to ask Clinton questions while she toured a local coffee shop in Reno, Nev., in August.
Rather than answer their questions, she instead offered chocolates she was sampling at the Coffee Bar.
“I want you to offer some to the press,” Clinton said. “They are so wonderful, so cooperative, so hard-working. They deserve a piece of chocolate.”
One reporter then asked her, “Why not outright call Donald Trump a racist today?”
The candidate ignored the question, gesturing towards the candy, “You’ll love this. So good.”
In an interview with Jake Tapper in May, he pointed out that while the candidate has done interviews, it has been several months since she has held a press conference. He asked if that was something she planned to remedy soon.
Clinton replied, “Oh, I’m sure we will. You know look, I was shocked myself that I’ve done nearly 300 interviews. And they’re not even sure they’ve captured all the ones that I’ve done. But I believe that we do and we should answer questions. Of course, I’m going to, and many, many different kinds of settings.”
On Thursday Trump’s Senior Communications Adviser, Jason Miller, issued a “Statement on Hillary Clinton’s ‘Desperate Press Conference’”
“Last night Hillary Clinton again failed the commander-in-chief test, where she was unable to answer for her terrible foreign policy judgment, mishandling of classified information and claims that the VA wait time scandal was overblown,” Miller wrote.
“Her claim that no lives were lost in Libya was an insult to the memory of the four brave Americans who died in Benghazi. So it’s no surprise she’s resorting to unhinged and dishonest attacks, including claiming on Israeli TV that terrorists are praying for Mr. Trump to win. These are the desperate attacks of a flailing campaign sinking in the polls, and characteristics of someone woefully unfit for the presidency of the United States.”
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