From NBC's Andrea Mitchell, Courtney Kube and Carroll Ann Mears
At a town hall with State Department employees marking her first anniversary as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton opened by strongly rebutting international critics (including the French and British press) of the U.S. relief effort.
She also took a question from a Haitian-American senior foreign service officer who said he'd lost family there, had volunteered to go, took the shots and malaria pills and was still waiting to be sent. She told him, we'll get you to Haiti.
Before taking questions she said about Haiti:
- "The needs are overwhelming, we are trying to meet the humanitarian needs in this period while at the same time working with the haitian govt, the UN and other countries, organizations to plan for the long-term."
- "As is often the case some of the international press either misunderstood or deliberately misconstrued what was a civilian and military response both of them necessary in order to be able to deliver aid to the haitians that desperately needed it."
- "I deeply resent those who would attack our country, the generosity of our people and the leadership of our president when trying to respond to historically disastrous conditions after the earthquake."
At one point, a disgruntled employee complained that she hasn't had any support for her criticism, and Hillary joked, "I've had more criticism in my life than most countries."
That was greeted by laughter.