Hillary Clinton temporarily lost her composure Monday on a trip to Africa when a Congolese university student asked her what her husband, Bill, thought about an international financial matter.
The student is seen on tape taking the microphone and asking about the involvement of China and the World Bank in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“What does Mr. Clinton think about it?” he asked.
“You want me to tell you what my husband thinks?” she asked in disbelief. “My husband is not the secretary of state, I am,” Clinton retorted. “You ask my opinion, I will tell you my opinion. I’m not going to channel my husband.”
The moderator quickly moved on after the uncomfortable exchange.
State Department officials said the student swiftly approached Clinton after the event and told her he had misspoke. The French-speaking student said he had meant to ask what President Barack Obama thought about the matter – not Bill Clinton.
It has not been determined whether the student or translator had made a mistake.
Former President Bill Clinton, who presided over the country from 1993 to 2001, has actively promoted African development since departing from the White House. He is not joining his wife for any part of her seven-national tour of Africa.