If you snag an interview with the hottest political star on the planet, especially one who generally shuns the press, it’s natural that you’d want to brag about it. But it’s maybe not a good idea to blow the lid off an otherwise private meeting with the president of the United States.
Yet that’s exactly what happened Thursday afternoon when People magazine tweeted, from its official account, a photo of reporter Sandra Westfall posing with the former first lady “before her mtg at the WH.” “Hope we didn’t make her late for @barackobama!,” the tweet continued. Three minutes the later, the missive was unceremoniously deleted. (Screengrab here.)
Asked about the tweet, a senior White House official told reporters, “The president enjoyed an informal, private lunch with Secretary Clinton at the White House this afternoon.” At least it was private.
A spokesperson for Clinton, when asked about the photo People “accidentally” tweeted, responded: “Accidentally? Did they drop an iPad or something? Going to defer to our colleagues at the WH on questions about the president’s schedule.”
One can only speculate about what the two discussed, as we probably won’t get any kind of a readout of the meeting. The two regularly had lunch when Clinton served as secretary of State.
Obama this week presented his foreign policy vision during a speech at West Point, which emphasized a cautious approach to foreign military intervention. Clinton was typically one of the more hawkish members of Obama’s Cabinet. The Obama administration is also planning to roll out Monday new carbon regulations, a key piece of his presidential legacy.
White House pool reporter Steve Dennis of CQ RollCall said he lodged a complaint about the lack of transparency surrounding the meeting, as the lunch was not on the president’s public schedule.
What We're Following See More »
Is the Clinton family backtracking on some of its promises to insulate the White House from the Clinton Foundation? Opposition researchers will certainly try to portray it that way. A foundation spokesman said yesterday that Chelsea Clinton will stay on its board, and that the "foundation’s largest project, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, might continue to accept foreign government and corporate funding."
"Four Iranian ships made reckless maneuvers close to a U.S. warship this week, the Pentagon said Thursday, in an incident that officials said could have led to dangerous escalation." The four Iranian vessels engaged in a "high-speed intercept" of a U.S. destroyer in the Strait of Hormuz. A Navy spokesman said the Iranina actions "created a dangerous, harassing situation that could have led to further escalation including additional defensive measures" by the destroyer.
Amid public outcry and the threat of investigation by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Mylan has agreed to effectively drop the price of EpiPens. "The company, which did not lower the drug's list price, said it would reduce the patient cost of EpiPen through the use of a savings card, which will cover up to $300 of EpiPen 2-Pak."
Nigel Farage, who led the Brexit effort in the United Kingdom, appeared at a Trump rally in Mississippi yesterday. Farage told the 15,000-strong crowd: "Remember, anything is possible if enough decent people are prepared to stand up against the establishment."