Hillary Clinton returning to White House for arts event

 September 7, 2023

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to appear at the White House next week to attend an art event with First Lady Jill Biden.

Clinton is set to help honor the 2023 winners of the Praemium Imperiale, a lifetime achievement award given by the Japan Art Association.

The COVID factor

"The White House announcement means next Tuesday's event is set to go forward despite the first lady testing positive for COVID on Monday. She is recuperating in Delaware, and White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Wednesday that 'the first lady is doing well,'" the Associated Press reported.

"Jean-Pierre said the president tested negative for COVID on Wednesday morning, following negative tests the previous two days," it added.

Tensions with Biden

"Hillary Clinton would appear at the White House next week after a report detailing tensions between her and the Biden administration over the president’s decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan in August 2021," NBC News reported.

"Clinton said on NBC's 'Meet the Press' last year when she was asked about the impact of the chaotic Afghanistan withdrawal on President Biden’s standing with voters: 'I don’t think it helped,'" it added.

The event's background

"Praemium Imperiale laureates were first celebrated at the White House by President Bill Clinton and the then-first lady in 1994," CP24 reported.

"Bill Clinton had lunch with Biden at the White House in May 2022, a month after former President Barack Obama returned to the White House for the first time since the end of his administration for an event celebrating his signature health care law," it continued.

The latest move may be seen as political by some, with questions continuing to grow about Biden's age and health as he moves forward with a second term.

Clinton has repeatedly stated that she is done with politics but some see the potential for a renewed Clinton-Trump rematch on the horizon if Biden is unable to run in 2024.

The rare White House event will certainly have the public talking about Clinton as she makes a stop at a location she called home for eight years while her husband served as president.

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