In a shortsighted foreign policy that has since earned the likely 2016 presidential contender significant criticism, Hillary Clinton brought a big red ‘reset’ button along with her to a 2009 meeting with Russia’s foreign minister. Meant to signify a new era of civility between the two nations, hostility between the U.S. and Russia has increased precipitously over the past several months.
Nonetheless, Business Insider points out that Clinton continued to defend the photo opportunity as recently as last month.
Asserting that the “reset worked,” the former secretary of state described her ploy as “an effort to try to obtain Russian cooperation on some key objectives while [Dmitry] Medvedev was president.”
For Mitt Romney, who warned of the threat Russia potentially posed to the U.S. as a presidential candidate in 2012, Clinton’s move only exasperated a situation already being mishandled by Barack Obama.
In a recent Fox News interview, Romney addressed his growing concerns with host Megyn Kelly.
He concluded that Obama “underestimated Russia” and lambasted Clinton’s approach.
“This whole reset policy with Hillary Clinton, smiling ear to ear, pressing a red reset button,” he said, “I think is one of the most embarrassing incidents in American foreign policy.”
He expressed criticism that went beyond the administration’s position regarding Russia.
“I can’t begin to explain the president’s foreign policy,” he said.
In light of Clinton’s public statement opposing Obama’s stance on international issues, Romney wondered how a woman who served as his secretary of state could feasibly remove herself from such decisions.
“I think it’s interesting that she tries to distance herself from the president’s foreign policy,” he said, “given the fact that she was his secretary of state for four years.”
While Clinton attracted backlash from Romney and other Republicans for what struck many as the politically motivated move to disavow Obama’s policies, leftist groups also slammed her statement as being too hawkish.
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