She was caught out mis-speaking' with Belfast bomb claims
Hillary Clinton has been caught out ‘mis-speaking’ again in a manner that suggests that she hasn’t learnt from past experiences of her globe-trotting, ‘lily-gilding’ speeches.
The US Secretary of State was exposed during her battle with Barack Obama to become the Democratic presidential nominee over her claims to have landed in Bosnia under sniper fire.
Now, according to the Sunday Life newspaper, during a speech she made to the Stormont parliament last week she said that Belfast’s landmark Europa Hotel was devastated by an explosion when she first stayed there in 1995.
Mrs Clinton told assembled politicians at Stormont: ‘When Bill and I first came to Belfast we stayed at the Europa Hotel… even though then there were sections boarded up because of damage from bombs.’
The Europa, where most journalists covering the decades-long conflict stayed, was famed as Europe’s most bombed hotel, earning the nickname ‘the Hardboard Hotel‘. However, the last Provisional IRA bomb to damage the Europa was detonated in 1993, two years before President Clinton and his wife checked in for the night.
A spokesman for Mrs Clinton said that she had simply been trying to express a sincere ‘perception’ of a Belfast in darker days. The spokesman told a Belfast newspaper: ‘We are not talking about the same thing [as ‘mis-speaking’ about Bosnia]. Secretary Clinton was simply contrasting.’