What rift? White House says Obama and Clinton close
The White House is tired of seeing stories that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are not getting along.
“The notion that there’s some rift or disagreement is nothing more than silly Washington games,” White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said on Wednesday when asked about the relationship between the president and his secretary of state.
Clinton, who joined Obama’s team despite their bitter rivalry for the Democratic presidential nomination last year, has weathered several reports that her influence as chief diplomat is hampered by other foreign policy heavyweights in the administration and her own history with Obama.
Gibbs said stories about tricky relations between the former rivals were false.
“They enjoy a very close relationship,” Gibbs said.
“The Secretary of State is somebody who the president relies on greatly. She has an enormously important role in the development of and the execution of a foreign policy that changes our image in the world.”
Photo credit: Reuters/Larry Downing (Obama and Clinton in Cairo in June)