Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently said he spoke with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about “Afghan women and girls.” While at a campaign stop, the Washington Examiner reports, Trudeau said, “I also spoke last night with former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. [Clinton] shares our concern for Afghan women and girls.”
His mention of a conversation with Clinton led some to question why he is speaking to her rather than President Biden. Former Nevada GOP Chairwoman and Newsmax host Amy Tarkanian took to Twitter to ask, “what is going on? Why is the U.S. President not taking calls, but Hillary is?”
Yesterday, the White House said that Joe Biden has not taken any calls with world leaders in regards to Afghanistan.
Justin Trudeau stated that he spoke with Hillary Clinton yesterday about Afghanistan.
What is going on? Why is the US President not taking calls but Hillary is? pic.twitter.com/nFn4t97M2K
— Amy Tarkanian (@MrsT106) August 18, 2021
Trudeau’s conversation with Clinton about women and girls in Afghanistan comes as news of United Nations Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield’s “very strongly worded press statement” to the Taliban made headlines. Thomas-Greenfield told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, “we are hearing from people in Afghanistan that they are getting threats from the Taliban, and we have expressed in no uncertain terms here at the United Nations through a very strongly worded press statement from the Security Council that we expect the Taliban to respect human rights, including the rights of women and girls.”
Following their takeover of Afghanistan, the Taliban has said they encourage women to join the government and offered “amnesty.” Biden has reportedly spoken to Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister, and the two decided to attend a virtual G-7 meeting later this month to develop a strategy.
Biden addressed the nation on Wednesday but made no mention of Afghanistan in that particular speech. Instead, he focused on Covid, vaccines and targeted governors who opposed mask mandates for children.
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