KINSHASA Aug 10 Usually calm in public, top
U.S. diplomat Hillary Clinton snapped at a Congolese student on
Monday when asked about her husband's views on a foreign policy
issue, saying: "My husband is not secretary of state, I am."
"You want me to tell you what my husband thinks?," she
replied angrily when a university student in Kinshasa asked what
former President Bill Clinton thought about a deal between China
and Democratic Republic of Congo.
"If you want my opinion, I will tell you my opinion, I am
not going to be channeling my husband," she added, without
commenting further on the infrastructure-to-minerals deal that
has raised some IMF concerns.
The former U.S. president stole the diplomatic spotlight
from his wife last week. On the day she set off on an 11-day
trip to Africa, Bill Clinton was on a secret mission to North
Korea to secure the release of two U.S. journalists.
Clinton said afterward she was relieved the mission had been
successful but made clear the former president's Pyongyang
mission was purely humanitarian and not linked to the work she
is doing to revive stalled nuclear talks.
(Reporting by Sue Pleming; editing by Jon Boyle)