With the gloves off and freedom from the daily media scrutiny of the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton appeared energetic and relaxed as she sat down with Christiane Amanpour on May 2. She was the guest of honor at a luncheon for Women for Women International.
As a private citizen, Clinton announced she is part of the movement to stop the policies of President Trump, who won more electoral votes. "…I'm now back to being an activist citizen and part of the resistance," she said.
Commenting on foreign affairs, North Korea, and President Donald Trump's tweets, Clinton owned up to mistakes made during her campaign, and joked about the "excruciating" and "painful” process of writing her upcoming memoir.
While taking responsibility for losing the election, the former Democratic nominee was quick to point out that she got a lot of help. She pointed to the letter FBI Director James Comey sent to congressional leaders in late October, saying the agency was reopening an investigation about the use of her private email server (He later announced there was nothing incriminating).
"[I was] on the way to winning until a combination of Jim Comey's letter on October 28 and Russian WikiLeaks raised doubts in the minds of people who were inclined to vote for me and got scared off," Clinton said.
She added, "If the election had been on October 27, I would be your president."
“The reason why I believe we lost," she said, "were the intervening events in the last 10 days." Clinton added, "Remember, I did win more than three million (popular) votes than my opponent. So, it's like, really?"
She also took a couple jabs at Trump’s inexperience in foreign affairs, specifically with regard to North Korea.
"Negotiations are critical, but they have to be part of a broader strategy, not just thrown off on a tweet some morning," she said.