The Washington Post

Clinton staff denies World Bank report

Updated at 6:05 p.m.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s staff is denying a report that she is interested in becoming the next president of the World Bank.

Citing anonymous sources, Reuters reported Thursday that Clinton has been in talks with the White House about leaving her job next year in order to pursue the post.

Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines flatly denied the report.

“100 percent untrue, Reuters is wrong,” Reines wrote in an e-mail to the Washington Post.

In an official statement, Reines added: “Secretary Clinton has not had any conversations with the president, the White House or anyone about moving to the World Bank. She has expressed absolutely no interest in the job. She would not take it if offered.”

Post reporter Joby Warrick, on a plane with Reines, reports that Reines told a Reuters reporter directly, “I have a better source than you do.”

Current bank President Robert Zoellick’s term ends in mid-2012. Clinton has said she would not serve more than four years as Secretary of State.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.

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