“So I think now is the time to double down on the pressure,” Clinton said.
Hillary Clinton, former Secretary of State and failed 2016 presidential candidate, appeared on “Meet the Press” on Sunday morning.
During the course of the interview, Todd asked Clinton if Russia should be “let back into the New World Order.” Watch:
“You heard Secretary [of State] Blinken essentially say, ‘look, sanctions relief could happen’,” Todd said. “It all depends on the behavior of Russia. Can we really live in a world where Putin’s let back into the New World Order?”
“Well, that’s not what I heard him say. What I heard him say was that, really we are going to support the Ukrainians, the people and the government of Ukraine, as they try to figure out what for them is the best way forward. And that I think is exactly the right position for the United States, Europe and the West and other countries to take,” she replied.
“Your second part of that question though, is a real important one. I would not allow Russia back into the organizations that it has been a part of. I think there’s an upcoming G20 event later in the year. I would not permit Russia to attend, and if they insisted on literally showing up, I would hope there would be a significant if not total boycott.”
“The only way that we’re going to end the bloodshed and the terror that we’re seeing unleashed in Ukraine and protect Europe and democracy is to do everything we can to impose even greater costs on Putin,” she remarked.
“There are more banks that can be sanctioned and taken out of the so-called SWIFT relationship,” she continued. “There is an increasing call for doing more on gas and oil. Now, obviously some of our strongest allies in Europe are desperately trying to get out from under their dependence upon Russian energy. We need to expedite, and I know the administration has been doing that, looking at more deliveries of liquified natural gas, for instance.”
“So I think now is the time to double down on the pressure,” Clinton added.
“Let’s not fantasize about what comes next in Russia,” she went on. “Let’s focus on what we’re doing right now to help protect and defend the Ukrainian people’s right to be a free democratic nation and protect their sovereignty.”
Ironically, Chuck Todd’s framing of the question as a “New World Order” echoes the exact language used at the World Economic Forum in Davos, led by its Founder Klaus Schwab.