The top aide to Hillary Clinton has urged the Democratic presidential nominee to stay focused on her agenda during the 2016 presidential election.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign chief communications officer Amanda Renteria told The Hill on Monday that the candidate should focus on her accomplishments in office, not her personal relationships.
“If there’s any one area where she could do better, it’s messaging,” Renteria said.
“You have to be able to have conversations and not worry about how she feels about you or how you feel about her.
It’s not the way you’re supposed to be dealing with voters.”
In addition to the emails released this week by the State Department, Renteria also noted that former President Bill Clinton used private email to conduct official government business.
“I think that we’re going to have to move past that and look at the messages that she sends to voters in general, and then we can figure out what she really stands for,” Rentaria said.
The email exchange between Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook and former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who is also a senior adviser to the Clinton campaign, highlights the extent to which the former president’s personal emails were mishandled and are currently being investigated.
During the interview with Renteria, Mook said he did not believe Clinton’s private emails were “classified.”
“I don’t believe that it was classified,” he said.
Mook also told Renteria that he thought the former first lady should focus less on her personal relationship with the president and more on her work in the office.
“You can’t have a conversation that you’re talking about something you can’t discuss,” he added.
Renteria said she has had conversations with the former White Nationalist, who has been a longtime Clinton supporter, about their friendship.
“We’re not the same people, we’re not even the same political party,” she said.
Rentaleria also said that the former First Lady should not be treated like a celebrity.
“The fact is, you’re in the White House and it’s your job to make the world a better place,” she added.