At a St. Patrick’s Day event in Pennsylvania, former Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke for the first time about her future plans.
At the March 17 Scranton event for the Society of Irish Women, Clinton spoke to her future and the current political climate under President Donald Trump.
“I do not believe that we can let political divides harden into personal divides,” Clinton said, The Hill reports. “We can’t just ignore or turn a cold shoulder because they disagree politically, we have to listen to each other and learn from each other.”
“I am ready to come out of the woods and to shine a light on what’s already happening around kitchen tables at dinners like this to help draw strength to enable everyone to keep going," she added. "That's the spirit of Scranton."
Clinton’s comments about coming “out of the woods” is in reference to several occasions since the Nov. 8 election in which she was spotted hiking in the woods near her home in New York. The appearance came after reports claimed Clinton was considering a run for New York City mayor.
Meanwhile, the Trump continues to spark criticism for his continued assertions that President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower in New York City during the presidential campaign, which there has so far been no evidence to support.
Press Secretary Sean Spicer caught flack for alleging that British spies assisted Obama in surveilling the Trump campaign,d citing a Fox News report.
“Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command,” Spicer quoted former judge Andrew Napolitano as saying, adding that Obama “didn't use the NSA, he didn't use the CIA, he didn't use the FBI and he didn't use the Department of Justice, he used GCHQ.”
“What the heck is GCHQ? That's the initials for the British spying agency. They have 24/7 access to the NSA database,” Spicer said.
A GCHQ spokesperson responded to the accusations in a statement to the BBC.
“Recent allegations made by media commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano about GCHQ being asked to conduct 'wiretapping' against the then president-elect are nonsense,” the statement read. “They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored.”
The White House ultimately clarified that Spicer was “simply pointing to public reports, not endorsing any specific story” by making the allegations. Spicer will not repeat the claims in the future, BBC reports.
An Obama spokesperson denied the wire tapping allegations.