Clinton: The world looks to America because of its values

Clinton: The world looks to America because of its values
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Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonZuckerberg moves spark 2020 speculation Franken emerges as liberal force in hearings SNL honors Obama with emotional musical tribute MORE said in a brief speech Tuesday that the world looks to the United States because of its values, emphasizing the role of diplomacy in spreading peace.

“Diplomacy is one of the greatest forces for peace and prosperity and progress the world has ever known. And today, the lessons of this museum are more vital and urgent than ever,” Clinton said at the opening of a new exhibit at the State Department, according to CNN.

The brief address one of just a few public appearances Clinton has made since conceding the presidential race. 

“Democracy, freedom and the rule of law are under attack around the world. A rising tide of authoritarian and illiberalism threatens that foundation of the post [World War II] global era that American diplomats have built and defending since Marshall and Acheson,” the former secretary of State said.

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The new museum at Foggy Bottom, part of which is reportedly named the Hillary Clinton Pavilion, will also include exhibits named for current Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryKerry and his dog stroll through women's march Trump fails to mention Clinton in inaugural address Hillary Clinton under microscope at inauguration MORE and former Secretaries James Baker and Henry Kissinger.

Since conceding the election to President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpZuckerberg moves spark 2020 speculation British military tests tanks in Channel tunnel: report San Antonio Spurs coach on Trump: 'Can't believe anything that comes out of his mouth' MORE, Clinton also spoke at a gala in November for the non-profit Children’s Defense Fund. She also spoke briefly at the Capitol to mark then-Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidFranken emerges as liberal force in hearings GOP eyes new push to break up California court The DC bubble is strangling the DNC MORE's (D-Nev.) retirement. 

“We should remember that the world looks to America as the indispensable nation not just because of the size of our military or the strength of our economy, it looks to us because America stands for universal values and aspirations and if we stay true to those values, like the best of the men and women whose leadership an d services will be commemorated here, then our country will weather every storm on the horizon,” Clinton said Tuesday.

Trump is set to take the presidential oath of office on Jan. 20.