Is Hillary Clinton Leaving The State Department For The World Bank?


There are denials flurrying around, but it's still being reported as fact by Reuters:

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in talks to become the president of the World Bank, Reuters's Lesley Wroughton reports. Clinton's spokesman Philippe Reines offered a denial to Reuters and has been offering strong quotes to other outlets. He told NBC, "It's 100% untrue, Reuters is wrong. That's on the record." According to Reuters, which cited three different "sources familiar with the discussions," Clinton would leave the Obama administration next year to lead the organization.

Clinton has previously said she wants to leave her post at the State Department at the end of President Obama's first term. When asked early last year if she could imagine staying in the job for another four years, she answered, "No, I really can't." She also said she was "absolutely not interested" in seeking the U.S. presidency again.

Actually, this makes sense in many ways. The head of the World Bank is traditionally an American. And the current president, Robert Zoellick, was seated in 2007 for his five year term. At 63, she's certainly more than up for the challenges of the office and remain an important figure on the international scene--this was Paul Wolfowitz's old position, don't forget. And it leaves her conveniently unavailable in 2016 to run for the Presidency, which at 68 would be more strenuous than she would like.


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