June 22nd, 2009
06:00 PM ET
5 years ago

Nursing elbow, Clinton cancels trip to Italy, Greece

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton canceled a planned trip to Greece and Italy this week because she is still recovering from surgery to repair her fractured elbow.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton canceled a planned trip to Greece and Italy this week because she is still recovering from surgery to repair her fractured elbow.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton canceled a planned trip to Greece and Italy this week because she is still recovering from surgery to repair her fractured elbow.

In Trieste, Italy, Clinton planned to attend meetings with her Group of Eight counterparts on Iran, the Middle East peace process and the War in Afghanistan. She also planned to take part in a gathering of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Corfu, Greece, which was expected to focus on the tensions between Russia and Georgia.

The announcement was first made by Deputy Secretary of States James Steinberg, who said he would represent the United States at the meeting in Greece, while Undersecretary of State William Burns will attend the meetings in Italy.

Clinton, who fell in the State Department garage last week, had surgery on Friday. Spokesman Ian Kelly said she was at the State Department Monday, where she made calls to the Greek and Italian foreign ministers to express her regret at having to cancel the trip.


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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Alvaro Renato Aguirre-Lopez

    Oh, I miss so much seeing former Senator Hillary Clinton. She is a true inspiration to me, and I hope her elbow heals fast enough, so that she can continue with her duties.

    June 22, 2009 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  2. rainbowgirl

    Hope you're reading this Hillary-love you, love you, love you! Get well soon!

    June 22, 2009 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  3. nan

    Oh Hillary!! Just remember how loved you are. Take a week off and rest. You've been going non-stop. Your Sisterhood of the Traveling Pantsuits is still here and "We've Got Your Back". Get Better.

    June 22, 2009 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  4. Nija

    I will be your sling.

    June 22, 2009 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  5. NYC REPUB

    God bless you Sec. Clinton!! Heal well and continue w/ the President's agenda!! You're doing absolutely great!!! When I see you and President Obama together, I feel like brains are hard at work, on America's behalf!

    June 22, 2009 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  6. Kenyan Wonder Kid

    No right-hand services for POTUS. Barry should talk to Bill – he has known this situation for DECADES.

    June 22, 2009 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  7. dustbunny

    Maybe she should keep her mouth shut,so she wouldn't trip over her lower lip.

    June 22, 2009 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |