Hillary Clinton’s Last Day As Secretary of State

HILLARY CLINTON

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton is no longer the country’s Secretary of State.

She gave her formal resignation today (Friday) and her replacement, John Kerry has been sworn in.

Jill Dougherty takes a look at Clinton’s last day.

On her last afternoon as secretary of state, an emotional farewell to the state department staff Hillary Clinton led for four years.

“I will miss you. I will probably be dialing ops just to talk. I will wonder what you all are doing because I know because of all your efforts day after day we are making a real difference.”
But early Friday morning, even before she left her house, reports of a suicide bombing outside the U.S. embassy in Ankara, Turkey.

Clinton was briefed by her staff, then was driven to the state department where she called the U.S. ambassador to Turkey and the Turkish foreign minister.

At the same time, Senator John Kerry, the man who, within hours, would succeed Clinton as Secretary of State was briefed by his staff on the attack.

Arriving at his senate office for the last time, Kerry brushed off questions about the attack in turkey, saying he was still a senator and “wasn’t going to get into that.”

“As you know, though, we only have one secretary of state at one time so she’s the sitting secretary until 4 o’clock and then he will take over and take up his duties. Obviously, a difficult day for both of them.”

Hillary Clinton then drove to the white house for a farewell meeting with President Obama.
She formally submitted a letter of resignation, saying “I am more convinced than ever in the strength and staying power of America’s global leadership and our capacity to be a force for good in the world.”

Then, just hours before leaving the state department for good, more breaking news: riots at the presidential palace in Egypt.

But, now, for Hillary Clinton, private citizen, all that is in John Kerry’s hands.

According to a U-S official, Kerry’s first trip as Secretary of State will be to Israel and Egypt.

That could happen in a couple of weeks.