Report: Hillary Clinton to Return to Work Monday After Month of Health Issues
The State Department revealed late Sunday that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to return to work on Monday, after a month of various health issues kept her largely out of the public eye.
It was reported last Thursday that Clinton would be returning sometime this week, but a public schedule for the State Department now indicates that Clinton will be back around 9 a.m. Monday morning.
Reuters has more details:
Clinton, 65, will sit down with assistant secretaries of state for a closed-door meeting on Monday at 9:15 a.m. (1415 GMT) at the start of a week-long schedule containing nearly a dozen meetings, including three at the White House.
The secretary was released from New York Presbyterian Hospital last Wednesday, after a stay of several days during which she was given blood thinners to treat the clot in a vein behind her right ear. She has been resting at home in New York since then.
Clinton has suffered a series of ailments over the last month, including a stomach virus and a concussion.
Her doctors have said they expect her to make a full recovery.
According to the State Department, Clinton has been receiving memos and regularly speaking with her staff while away.
Clinton will meet this week with, among others, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, national security adviser Tom Donilon, and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
The Agence France-Presse adds:
Last week, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Clinton was “raring” to get back to work after being treated in a New York hospital for the blood clot discovered in a vein behind her right ear.
“She’s looking forward to getting back to the office,” Nuland said on Thursday. “She is very much planning to do so next week.”
Nuland said there had been an outpouring of support for Clinton from well-wishers from around the world. “I think you could call the number of goodwill messages a tsunami,” she said.
Clinton is due to be replaced as Secretary of State by Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) later this month.
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