US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lambasted Clinton’s remarks, as Fox News host Laura Ingraham aired the outtakes for Pompeo, who appeared Thursday on The Ingraham Angle.
When asked by the host to comment, he responded:
“So there is a great power contest taking place. I think that’s true. I only wish when she was secretary of state, she would have taken it on instead of allowing it to get where it is today and turning a willful blind eye to that.”
Pompeo said Clinton’s comments were being taken very seriously.
“They don’t remotely sound like what ought to be done by America, and they’re certainly not what President Trump and this administration are going to do to make sure we keep America safe, that we recognise China is 1.5 billion people, there will be commerce between the two countries, but we’ve got to make sure that America is prepared so that we can continue to be the world’s leading power 10, 20, 50 years from now.”
Clinton had mocked remarks made by Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign while speaking to MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Wednesday.
Appearing at a rally in July 2016, Trump had said: "I will tell you this, Russia: If you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing."
The president said earlier this year that these comments about Clinton's emails were made in jest, which should have been obvious to “any objective observer”.
"If you tell a joke, if you're sarcastic, if you're having fun with the audience, if you're on live television with millions of people and 25,000 people in an arena," he said while speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference in March.
"If you say something like, 'Russia, please, if you can, get us Hillary Clinton's emails. Please, Russia, please. Please get us the emails. Please!'"
According to Mueller, Michael Flynn, then serving as Trump's national security adviser, had reached out to "multiple people in an effort to obtain the emails".
Special Counsel Robert Mueller's two-year investigation into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russian authorities failed to come up with any evidence of collusion.