Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denies friction with President Barack Obama, says they ''agree'' on foreign policy. Vanessa Johnston reports.
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Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton denies any friction between her and President Obama at a book signing on Martha's Vineyard Wednesday.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON AND AN UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER SAYING:
CLINTON: "Hello, hello, great to see you all, great to be back in the Vineyard!"
REPORTER 1: "You going to hug it out with the President?"
Clinton recently criticized the foreign policy of her former boss in an interview with the Atlantic magazine.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON:
"Read in the book. We agree, we are committed to the values and the interests and the security of our country together. We have disagreements as any partners and friends, as we are, might very well have. But I'm proud that I served with him and for him, and I'm looking forward to seeing him tonight."
Clinton had described U.S. policy in Syria as a failure, and said Obama's doctrine of "don't do stupid stuff" was not an "organizing principle" for a great nation.
On Tuesday, Clinton called Obama to say her comments were not meant as an attack on the president.
The White House has played down any suggestions of tension between the two.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) WHITE HOUSE DEPUTY PRESS SECRETARY ERIC SCHULTZ SAYING:
"The president indeed appreciated Secretary Clinton's call as he does every opportunity to speak to the former secretary of state. They have a close and resilient relationship."
Clinton and Obama are both expected at a party on the island Wednesday evening.
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