Thursday July 14th Public Appointments: SOS Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary Clinton departs for foreign travel to Turkey, Greece, India, Indonesia and China
I’ll admit that I am a bit disappointed that Secretary Clinton isn’t meeting with the Dalai Lama during his trip to Washington over this past week. Maybe she’ll meet with him today, but at the State Dept. press briefing yesterday, it sounded like that was increasingly unlikely. In fact, the State Dept. press spokeswoman sounded like she wanted to avoid the topic altogether. Here’s an article over at Foreign Policy about the “cold welcome” the Dalai Lama has received from this administration this time around. At least Congress is bipartisan on one issue- support for the Dalai Lama- both Democrats and Republicans have criticized this administration’s treatment of him and rightly so. Members of Congress met with with the Dalai Lama last week and this week and urged Obama and Secretary Clinton to meet with the him but thus far, those calls have fallen on deaf ears.