Hillary Clinton Says She Didn't Use 2 Phones as Secretary of State -- but She Does Now
Clinton said she wanted to carry just one phone for "convenience."
— -- When Hillary Clinton began her term as secretary of state in 2009, she thought it would be “easier,” “better,” “simpler” and more convenient to “carry just one device for my work and for my personal emails instead of two,” she said repeatedly at a news conference today, with slight variations in wording.
“Looking back, it would've been better for me to use two separate phones and two email accounts,” Clinton told reporters at the United Nations. “I thought using one device would be simpler and, obviously, it hasn't worked out that way.”
But these days, she uses two devices.
Clinton acknowledged as much just two weeks ago at the Silicon Valley Conference for Women in response to a question from Re/code’s Kara Swisher.
“iPhone,” Clinton said to applause. “OK, in full disclosure ...”
“BlackBerry?” Swisher interjected.
“And a BlackBerry,” Clinton added.
Later in the conversation, Clinton said, “I don’t throw anything away, I’m like two steps short of a hoarder.”
“So I have, you know, an iPad, a mini iPad, an iPhone and blackberry,” she told Swisher.
It is unclear when Clinton began using two devices instead of just one. She stepped down as secretary of state on Feb. 1, 2013.
The Washington, D.C.-based Republican opposition research group, America Rising, circulated video of the appearance immediately after Clinton’s news conference ended on Tuesday.