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“ANOTHER WAY YOU CAN GAIN SOME LEVERAGE WITH THE CHINESE”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Nov. 7, 2016) — In a new batch of emails released by WikiLeaks on Monday of Clinton campaign manager John Podesta’s communications, email #53005 is apparently a message sent from Hillary Clinton to Barack Hussein Obama via her private email server and later copied to Podesta.
The email is titled, “Below is what I sent POTUS on election and China poaching.”
In the email, Clinton expressed her approval of Obama’s posturing and comments following the November 4, 2014 national elections when Republicans swept a number of seats in Congress previously held by Democrats, giving the U.S. Senate a Republican majority for the first time since the George W. Bush administration in addition to increasing its majority in the House of Representatives.
However, Clinton also indicated that, in so many words, Obama’s pleasant outward demeanor might have masked something quite different which she described as “the proverbial duck–smoothly sailing on the surface while paddling like crazy below as you assess and strategize the way forward.”
According to The New York Times, Obama “made little public comment about the elections.”
Clinton, who had resigned as Secretary of State effective February 1, 2013, then offered Obama her “help” if he felt he should ever need it.
In advance of Obama’s upcoming trip to China, Clinton informed him of alleged ivory poaching by the Chinese in Tanzania, purportedly with the knowledge of then-Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, who is mentioned in WikiLeaks emails in his own right.
“Please raise this issue directly w XI, both because it is critical on the merits but also because it’s another way you can gain some leverage with the Chinese. I’m happy to discuss this with the White House team,” Clinton wrote, providing a link to a New York Times article on the topic.
“Xi” refers to Xi Jinping, who holds the position of General Secretary to the Communist Party of China. In communist countries, the people have no say over who runs their government, and there is no freedom of the press, assembly or speech.
She signed the email, “As ever, H.”
It is unclear why she sent the email to Podesta.