Thursday 18 January 2018

Robert Schmuhl: What John Kerry's inaugural trip abroad tells us about post-Hillary era

IF opening acts offer any clues about what to expect in the future, US Secretary of State John Kerry's first foreign trip as America's top diplomat shows a course that is distinct from the one taken by his predecessor, Hillary Clinton.

Though both Mr Kerry and Mrs Clinton came from the Senate to the State Department, Mr Kerry (69) accepted the cabinet post as the capstone of his nearly three decades in Washington that included an unsuccessful campaign for president against George W Bush in 2004.

By contrast, Mrs Clinton's service at the State Department was always viewed as a potential stepping-stone before embarking on another run at winning the Democratic Party's nomination for the White House, which she narrowly lost to Barack Obama in 2008.

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