Hillary Clinton said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo should have been ‘one of the first people’ to correct Trump’s behavior during the Ukraine call

Hillary Clinton at the 14th Annual PEN World Voices Festival at The Great Hall at Cooper Union on April 22, 2018, in New York City.

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Hillary Clinton at the 14th Annual PEN World Voices Festival at The Great Hall at Cooper Union on April 22, 2018, in New York City.
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  • In an interview on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, reacted to reports that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was on the July 25 call between President Donald Trump and the Ukrainian president.
  • Clinton said calls to foreign leaders were usually “highly prepared,” with several departments meeting and compiling talking points for the president to refer to while on the call.
  • Clinton said she did not think that was the case with the Ukraine call, adding that in Trump “you’ve got a president who doesn’t listen to anybody and doesn’t follow instructions whatsoever.”
  • Clinton said Pompeo should have been “one of the very first people” to “clean up” the conduct of Trump’s call with Ukraine.
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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee, said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo should have been “one of the very first people” to “clean up” after President Donald Trump’s July 25 call with the Ukrainian president.

In an interview on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Monday, Clinton reacted to reports that Pompeo was on the call. Last week, Pompeo said he had not fully read the explosive whistleblower complaint that centered on the call.

The complaint was declassified and released last week. It involves a phone call in which Trump urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. The complaint prompted a formal impeachment inquiry to be launched in the House of Representatives, and the White House ultimately released a summary transcript of the call.

Clinton said calls to foreign leaders were usually “highly prepared,” with several departments meeting and compiling talking points for the president to refer to while on the call. Clinton said she believed that was not the case with the Ukraine call because “you’ve got a president who doesn’t listen to anybody and doesn’t follow instructions whatsoever.”

She also addressed reports that the transcript of the call was stored on a “highly classified system that is used for the most important secrets,” like the Osama bin Laden raid in 2011.

Read more: Mike Pompeo reportedly took part in Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukraine’s president

“Even though there was nothing classified in it, the president’s behavior was at least embarrassing, if not illegal and impeachable,” Clinton told Colbert. “So, I think if the secretary of state was on the call, as is now being reported, he should’ve been one of the very first people to just say: ‘Wait a minute, we got to clean this up. You can’t let that stand.'”

“But, we don’t know what he did,” she said.

When asked about Trump sending his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, out on foreign meetings, Clinton said it was not unusual for presidents and even secretaries of state to employ an envoy or special adviser to deliver a message.

“But again, it is supposed to be carefully thought through, and from what we’ve seen on television, ‘carefully thinking through’ is not one of Rudy’s strong points,” Clinton said of the former New York mayor.