During the Democratic debate on Feb. 11, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont slammed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her support and friendship towards former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
Sanders called Kissinger "one of the most destructive secretaries of state of the modern history of this country" during the debate. Kissinger served as secretary of state from 1973 to 1977.
"In her book and in this last debate, [Clinton] talked about getting the approval or the support or the mentoring of Henry Kissinger," Sanders said of Clinton's relationship with Kissinger.
"I am proud to say that Henry Kissinger is not my friend. I will not take advice from Henry Kissinger."
Sanders pointed the blame for the political unrest in Southeast Asian countries at Kissinger, and said he paved the way for the Khmer Rouge's genocide of 3 million people in Cambodia.
The killing was "one of the worst genocides in the history of the world," he said. "So, count me in as somebody who will not be listening to Henry Kissinger."
Clinton pushed back, defending her relationship with Kissinger.
"I listen to a wide variety of voices who have expertise in various areas," she said.
"His opening up China and his ongoing relationship with the leaders of China is an incredibly useful relationship for the United States of America … Yes, people we may disagree with on a number of things may have some insight, may have some relationships that are important for the president to understand in order to best protect the United States.”