Hillary Clinton collected honors and awards with regularity while she served as secretary of state as well over the two years immediately after she left that post. Since she launched her presidential campaign in April 2015, the primary honors she as been awarded have been the endorsements of her fellow Democrats from many walks of life.
Over the past week, however, she was honored by a town in Albania which erected a bust in recognition of her work for Albanians.
June 30, 2016
SARANDA, Albania (AP) — A bust of U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was unveiled Thursday in the main square of Albania’s southernmost city of Saranda to honor what officials say is her contribution to Albania in the international arena.
The Saranda city council decided unanimously more than a month ago to erect the bust to depict Clinton’s “dimension as a woman in politics, as a representative of the old Albania-U.S. friendship, for her contribution to the Albanian nation in different historical moments.” Their efforts were aided by a local non-governmental organization and city hall.
Saranda Mayor Florjana Koka said Clinton’s bust was a way of sending thanks “to the American people and government for what they have done for the Albanian people and nation.” She specifically mentioned Clinton’s involvement with the Albanian community’s issues in the United States, her promotion of the role of women, her denunciation of the Serb genocide and protection of Kosovo’s independence.
Hillary also won the endorsement of President François Hollande of France this week.
French President François Hollande endorsed Hillary Clinton in a newspaper article published Thursday, likening Republican Donald Trump’s nativist bombast to anti-immigrant movements across Europe.
Hollande said “the best thing the Democrats can do is to get Hillary Clinton elected” in the article, published Thursday in France’s Les Echos newspaper. The socialist president also said electing Trump “would complicate relations between Europe and the U.S.” and agreed with the notion that it would be dangerous.
Trump’s isolationist rhetoric likely sounds familiar to Hollande, who faces strong opposition from Marine Le Pen, the outspoken leader of France’s National Front party. Le Pen, a vocal immigration opponent, has called for France to follow in the footsteps of the United Kingdom and leave the European Union.
It is wonderful to see our candidate so recognized and honored. Congratulations, Mme. Secretary!