Hillary Clinton says Merkel is Europe's 'greatest leader'

BERLIN Sun Jul 6, 2014 1:47pm BST

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) address the media prior to a meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin April 14, 2011.  REUTERS/Saul Loeb/Pool

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) address the media prior to a meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin April 14, 2011.

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BERLIN (Reuters) - Former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton called Chancellor Angela Merkel "the greatest leader in Europe" during a visit to Berlin on Sunday and said it was high time America had a woman leader too, though without confirming she would seek the job.

Clinton also referred to Russian President Vladimir Putin as a "tough customer with a pretty thin skin" in an appearance at a Berlin theatre to promote her new book, "Hard Choices".

The former senator and wife of ex-President Bill Clinton is widely expected to run for the White House in 2016 and has cited Merkel as a good argument for the United States having a woman president soon.

"I think we are ready for a woman to break through the glass ceiling," Clinton said in an interview with Bild am Sonntag newspaper, adding that she would decide whether to run for president "at the end of this year or early next year".

Clinton joked at the Schiller Theater about her and Merkel's shared taste for pants suits and voiced admiration for the chancellor's leadership of Europe in the euro zone debt crisis.

"I say in the book I think she is the greatest leader in Europe, I think she is a great leader globally, I think she carried Europe on her shoulders and it wasn't easy," she said.

(Reporting by Stephen Brown and Reuters TV, editing by William Hardy)

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djgautomotive wrote:
Using the word Leader in the same sentence, describing Clinton as a leader, or her opinion of who a real ‘leader’ might be, is a sad joke.You should be writing, asking the question, why isn’t Hillary Clinton in jail? Or why the families of those American’s, killed in Benghazi, have not sued her for wrongful death, due to her incompetence?
She was Captain of the Secretary of State ship, when the call came TO HER at 3:00 in the morning, from Benghazi. Her subordinates (including the Ambassador), people she specifically put in harms way, were under life and death attack, in a foreign country. They were begging her for help to save their lives. She did nothing to save them, help them, for the next hours, days. No calls to our friends in NATO, Europe, Middle East, China , Russia, Israel or Africa, or even other countries local embassies for help to make a flaming death zone,100 yards deep, around our embassy, to protect it.. Hell, CNN had people in the burned out embassy days before she did.. SHE LET AMERICANS DIE AND STILL HAS NOT BEEN HELD ACCOUNTABLE. SHE/OBAMA HAS NOT HELD ANYONE ACCOUNTABLE OR PUNISHED.
SHE DESERVES A TRIAL LIKE AN INCOMPETENT MILITARY COMMANDER WOULD RECEIVE FOR LETTING HER PEOPLE DIE. SHE IS ACTUALLY WORSE THAN THAT HUSBAND OF HERS, YOU KNOW,THE ADULT SEXUAL PREDATOR OF TEENAGE FEMALE INTERNS, WHO CHEATED ON HIS WIFE, THE FIRST LADY, HILLARY, IN THE OVAL OFFICE.
Hell, the Captain of the Exxon Valdez had more criminal/civil charges brought against him for his ship running aground, nobody was injured or killed, and he was asleep in his cabin

Jul 06, 2014 4:06pm BST  --  Report as abuse
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