Kerry: Clinton did ‘terrific job’ rebuilding ‘shredded’ alliances


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Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryEquilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by Southern Company — Storms a growing danger for East Coast Israel, Jordan, UAE sign pivotal deal to swap solar energy, desalinated water GOP seeks oversight hearing with Kerry on climate diplomacy  MORE on Sunday said his predecessor, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonCountering the ongoing Republican delusion Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future MORE, did a “terrific job of rebuilding alliances” that earlier administrations had “shredded."

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"Secretary of State Clinton did a terrific job of rebuilding alliances that had been shredded over the course of the prior years," Kerry said on ABC’s “This Week,” including "the beginning of the effort with Iran."

"She will defend, I know, her own record for herself," Kerry added. "But I wish her well in this race and I look forward to being able to stay well away from it."

"The secretary of State happily is able to not be involved in the presidential campaign, and I'm not going to get involved in it now," Kerry said.

Kerry's made the comments hours before Clinton's much-anticipated campaign launch on Sunday, which has seen preemptive attacks from Republicans and one potential Democratic rival.

One major attack line so far in Clinton's nascent campaign was her recent acknowledgement that she used private email for official business during her four years at the State Department, 2009-2013.

The State Department is reviewing emails Clinton turned over for archiving before releasing them, a process that will take "a couple" more months, Kerry said Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

Kerry also mentioned that he had requested State's inspector general to review the department's methods for preserving emails, including his own.