The Trump campaign is accusing Hillary Clinton of publicly discussing classified Iraq War briefings.
Media controversy envelopes Donald Trump’s Commander in Chief Forum performance Wednesday night, when he said that officials at his classified security briefing were “not happy” about the Obama administration’s performance, citing the agents’ body language.
Clinton called Trump’s disclosure “inappropriate, undisciplined.”
The Trump campaign said that, body language aside, Hillary Clinton revealed more information about her security briefings when she first ran for president in 2008.
“If Hillary Clinton thinks Mr. Trump talking about the body language of the agents briefing him is ‘inappropriate’ and ‘undisciplined,’ then she ought to explain why she discussed in even greater detail the classified briefings she received on Iraq while running for president in 2008,” said Trump campaign senior communications adviser Jason Miller in a statement provided to Breitbart News.
“This is further proof Hillary Clinton will do or say anything to get elected,” Miller added.
Miller cites an NBC News report that quotes Clinton talking about a classified briefing during a speech she made on February 25, 2008.
“They didn’t want to talk to us about it, as is their usual response,” Clinton said in the speech. “We finally were able to secure a briefing which although classified, I can tell you was cursory. It did not inspire confidence in our readiness to do this important task of withdrawing our troops and equipment.”
The report notes another instance of Clinton disclosing details about a briefing, in a January 2008 Meet The Press interview.
“Last spring, I asked for a briefing on what the planning was. Secretary of Defense and the Department of Defense basically said ‘We’re not going to tell you.’ And I said, ‘Well, yes you are.’ We had such a briefing. It was classified. I can’t talk about it, but the bottom line is it was cursory. I don’t think that the Bush White House wants there to be much planning,” Clinton said in the interview.
Campaign press secretary Brian Fallon shot back with a defense of Clinton.
“There’s a difference between a security briefing done by intel community, and an Iraq policy briefing by Bush’s DoD,” Fallon stated. “Members of Congress routinely exit policy briefings held by admin officials & express general dissatisfaction w/policy choices being made.”