Clinton apologized to Obama on election night
Hillary Clinton had to eat humble pie twice on election night.
Clinton apologized to President Obama for her bruising loss — right after calling Trump to offer him “congratulations,” according to a new book chronicling her 2016 presidential bid called Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign.
“Mr. President, I’m sorry,” she said, according to the Washington Post’s review of the book due out Tuesday.
The White House had urged Clinton to concede as Trump claimed battleground states some by slim margins because Obama wanted to avoid a messy recount.
“You need to concede,” Obama told Clinton directly, later repeating the instruction to her campaign chairman John Podesta for good measure, after it became clear that Trump had won Wisconsin around 11 p.m, the book set to be released on Tuesday further revealed.
The directive came after Clinton ignored previous messages from White House staff to throw in the towel.
“Shattered” goes into great detail about the chaos that enveloped at Clinton’s Brooklyn headquarters on the night of Nov. 8. It also spotlights character traits of several campaign officials, including manager Robby Mook and chairman John Podesta.
But, according to the Post, the book conspicuously leaves out details about Russia’s role in the election and whether cyber hacks ordered by the Kremlin had anything to do with Clinton’s loss.
The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that Russia launched an extensive cyber campaign to help Trump win the White House. Congress is currently investigating whether Trump campaign officials colluded with the Russians.