Reporter goes off on spokeswoman over Clinton emails: ‘Am I not speaking English?’


A reporter showed his frustration with a State Department spokeswoman on Thursday as he grilled her with ethical questions about the Clinton Foundation.

{mosads}Reporters were asking spokeswoman Elizabeth Trudeau if there was any improper relationship between the Foundation and the State Department when Hillary Clinton was secretary.

The line of questioning was sparked by a newly released email from 2009 showing a longtime aide with ties to the Foundation asking top Clinton aides to give a job to an unidentified associate. 

Trudeau responded that the department is “regularly in touch” with a wide range of people.

The Associated Press’s Matt Lee was unsatisfied with the answer and fired back at Trudeau. 

“I’m sorry, are you — am I not speaking English?” he said.

“Is this — I mean, is it coming across as a foreign — I’m not asking you if — no one is saying it’s not OK or it’s bad for the department to get a broad variety of input from different people,” he continued. “The question is whether or not you have determined that there was nothing improper here.” 

Critics have long raised questions about potential conflicts of interest for Clinton when she led the State Department in regards to her family’s foundation. She is now the Democratic nominee for president. 

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