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Clinton refuses to speak for Bill

August 11, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's appeared annoyed when a Congolese university student asked her for her husband's thinking on an international financial matter.

A week after former President Clinton traveled to North Korea to secure the release of two detained American journalists and, some have said, stole the limelight from his wife's first trip to Africa, Clinton was clearly displeased by the question at town hall forum in Kinshasa.

"You want me to tell you what my husband thinks?" she replied with evident annoyance when the male student in Kinshasa asked her what "Mr. Clinton" thought of World Bank concerns about a multibillion-dollar Chinese loan offer to Congo. "My husband is not secretary of State, I am. If you want my opinion, I will tell you my opinion. I am not going to be channeling my husband."

The question was left unanswered as the moderator of the event quickly moved on.

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