Obama Hosts Secret Meeting At The White House With Hillary Clinton

White House Photo / Pete Souza
White House Photo / Pete Souza

At the White House Press Briefing began today, White House reporters had a question: Would former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stop by the White House to visit with President Obama?

Clinton was scheduled to join a roundtable event at the Center of American Progress earlier in the day, so it was only natural to wonder if she would visit Obama while in Washington D.C.

“Does the President have any plans to meet with her?” asked Associated Press reporter Josh Lederman. “And if he does, would you be able to open that up to some level of access, considering the circumstances of it?”

But spokesman Josh Earnest wouldn’t even acknowledge that the meeting was taking place.

“I don’t have any additional details to share about the President’s schedule today,” he said, acknowledging that they had visited in the past. “I don’t have any meetings to share with you from here.”

But the pair did meet this afternoon, without any press notification. After the meeting, however, Earnest sent White House reporters the following statement:

“As I noted in today’s briefing, President Obama and Secretary Clinton enjoy catching-up in person when their schedules permit,” he said. “This afternoon they met privately for about an hour at the White House and discussed a range of topics.”

No word about whether they discussed Clinton’s private email server, but more on this tomorrow.


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