UN ambassador regrets Hillary Clinton “monster” gibe

Dublin-born United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power says that “every day” she regrets calling Hillary Clinton a “monster.”

Power was sacked from her job as Barack Obama’s foreign policy advisor following her controversial outburst against Mrs Clinton during the 2008 presidential election campaign.

“Hilary is a monster. She is stooping to anything,” Power said during a now infamous interview. “The amount of deceit she has put forward is really unattractive.”

But Pulitzer Prize winner Power later got to know the former First Lady, after being reinstated on the Obama team, in a new role which required her to work alongside Clinton.

In a new interview broadcast on NBC’s Today show, Power, 43, who has blamed the outburst on her “Irish temper”, admitted: “I have regretted it pretty much every day since.”

Calling the incident “heartbreaking”, Power added: “It was beyond searing. I mean you lose your temper, and you’re in a campaign, and things go back and forth.

“But it just completely broke my heart that there is a fair amount of negativity heaped upon her that I find massively unfair, and the idea that I could have contributed in some way to that narrative, it was terrible.

“Certainly it was very emotional for me, and I was so grateful to be able to [apologise] in person with something that I’m immensely grateful to her to give me that opportunity.

“We worked together effectively on issues of common concern the last four years.”

In the interview, Power also talked about the difficulty in balancing her high-profile job as US Ambassador to the UN with being a mother to her four-year-old son Declan and one-year-old daughter Rian.

When naming her as his choice as U.S. Ambassador in August, President Obama called Power a “long time champion of human rights and dignity.”

Power, 43, won a Pulitzer Prize for her 2002 book ‘A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide.’

She invited the Today TV crew on a tour of the luxury Manhattan apartment she shares with her family on the 42nd floor of the Waldorf Towers on Park Avenue.

Power is married to famed scholar Cass Sunstein – 16 years her senior – and despite her high profile political job, Power said she behaves like any other wife and mother after coming home from a bruising day of negotiations.

As the United States’ representative on the 15-member UN Security Council, Power has been negotiating to secure the removal of all chemical weapons from Syria.

“We wouldn’t even be in this discussion about getting rid of Syria’s chemical weapons if not for the credible threat of military force,” Power said.

“President Obama has not taken that threat off the table. I think Russia is aware that that threat still exists. Syria’s aware that threat still exists.”

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