CNN's Jake Tapper Asks Hillary Clinton Why She Hasn't Held A Press Conference In "Five Or Six Months"


CNN's Jake Tapper interviews Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Tuesday's broadcast of The Lead with Jake Tapper. Transcript, via CNN:

TAPPER: Historically speaking throughout your decades in public life you and your husband have had occasionally contentious relationships with journalists, though, it certainly never went as far publicly as it did today with Donald Trump calling journalists sleazy and dishonest and unfair. So what went through your mind watching his press conference today?

CLINTON: Well, I have to say, Jake, I had my team check. I have done nearly 300 interviews just in 2016 and I believe that it's important to continue to, you know, speak to the press as I'm doing right now.

And to understand that his attacking everybody, fellow Republicans, Democrats, the press, you just name it. He attacks everybody, is a recipe for gridlock in Washington. And that's what we've got to break and get away with.

You know, he seems to believe, or at least is demonstrating that insulting and attacks is his mode of operations. And you know, I just don't think that's going to cut it. If you want to actually produce results for the American people and not only lead it home, but lead the world.

TAPPER: You do, do interviews and you're calling in right now obviously and we appreciate that. But it has been pointed out to me that it's something like five or six months since you've held an actual press conference. Is that something you're going to remedy soon?

CLINTON: Oh, I'm sure we will. You know look, I was shocked myself that I've done nearly 300 interviews. And they're not even sure they've captured all the ones that I've done.

But I believe that we do and we should answer questions. Of course, I'm going to, and many, many different kinds of settings.

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