LAS VEGAS — In a leaked transcript of a 2013 speech to Goldman Sachs, Hillary Clinton said Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates are funding jihadists in Syria. Clinton’s press secretary Brian Fallon would not answer definitively Wednesday after the third presidential debate if Hillary supports designating these countries as state sponsors of terror.
The transcript of the speech was within Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta’s emails that were leaked recently by Wikileaks. Clinton said, according to the transcript, that in Syria there are “increasingly a collection of Jihadists who are funded by the Saudis, funded by the Emiratis[sic], funded by Gotter (phonetic)[sic].”
When asked by The Daily Caller that if Clinton said this does she support these countries being added to the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terror, Fallon deflected.
“I think that there was a debate tonight on issues related to those countries and Donald Trump took a swing at her and missed. The actual situation is that Donald Trump himself has invested in and profited from investments in countries with different records on human rights that he probably couldn’t defend,” the Clinton spokesman answered.
TheDC pressed Fallon to actually answer the question and he responded, “I don’t think that you should take at face value any of the emails that have surfaced from Wikileaks.”
When asked if he is then saying that the speech transcript is inauthentic, “We haven’t verified that any of those emails are authentic.”
Hillary Clinton defended comments from transcripts contained within those emails during the presidential debate Wednesday night.