Huma Abedin dines with Clinton spokesman
July 29th, 2013
09:12 PM ET
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Huma Abedin dines with Clinton spokesman

Washington (CNN) - Huma Abedin was spotted having dinner Monday night with Hillary Clinton's spokesman, Philippe Reines, in Washington.

The two were seen sitting outside at Meiwah Restaurant, a bustling area located between the neighborhoods known as Dupont Circle and Foggy Bottom.

Meiwah is a favorite spot of Reines' and is considered a place to see and be seen.

Their public outing comes after a source pushed back against a report that Bill and Hillary Clinton have political concerns about their association with New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, Abedin's husband.

Weiner, a Democrat, is resisting calls to drop his bid for mayor despite admitting to sending more lewd messages and photos after his 2011 resignation from Congress.

The source disputed a story in the New York Post that said the Clintons are "livid" at comparisons made between Weiner and the former president. Instead the source said the Clintons' anger stemmed from their personal relationship with Abedin and not from any political concerns about their association with Weiner.

Abedin is a longtime friend and top adviser to Hillary Clinton.

The Clintons have declined to publicly weigh in on the mayoral race. Weiner shrugged off questions from reporters Monday night about the power couple.

"I'm not terribly interested in what people who are not voters in the city of New York have to say," Weiner said after a campaign stop in the Bronx.

Abedin began working for Hillary Clinton as a White House intern in 1996, eventually becoming the former first lady's traveling chief of staff - or "body man" - during her 2008 presidential campaign.

During Clinton's tenure as secretary of state, Abedin served as a top aide and remains an informal Clinton adviser.

Former President Clinton officiated at Abedin's 2010 wedding to Weiner. At the time, former Secretary of State Clinton said: "I have one daughter. But if I had a second daughter, it would (be) Huma."

soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. roccoenzo

    Enough of this idiot Weiner. Move on to something more important.

    July 29, 2013 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  2. freedom

    Huma and Hilary are humiliating. Any woman of integrity would never stand by a man who so degradingly and publicly cheated on her, and displayed such perversions. How ironic these two claim they are beacons of women's rights – give us all a break!

    July 29, 2013 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  3. Shal

    Oh...she's back in D.C.? Probably not to see all her friends that she ditched while at G.W. after going political. Here's a woman who emails her friends only to get fundraising for her lewd husband.

    July 30, 2013 02:08 am at 2:08 am |
  4. Larry in Houston

    'ol hill needs to watch out who's she's taking a pic with – If 'ol Hill is smart, she will distance herself from Huma – b/c Huma is taking advice from others, such as 'ol Hill . . . Huma should ditch that loser – but to be perfectly honest, in my opinion, she should leave him, & get a real Job. She knows people in very high places, where she can make more than a decent living. But the thing that stops her is the fact that a lot of people of her heritage, or "nationality" stays with their husbands, no matter what. They have the thinking that they should be married for life, and don't get me wrong, It really should be that way, but this is 2013, not like in the 1940's / 50's / 60's / 70's / when the divorce rate was a lot lower than it is now. Women in general should not have to put up with any type of sarcasm / belittling / verbal abuse / physical abuse / or any type of constant "negativity" in a marriage, period. She should get out. Truth be told, since she is such a celebrity now, and also since Huma has name recognition now, she could marry one of the most richest men out there, then again, it's not all about the money. But it's definitely all up to Huma.

    July 30, 2013 04:40 am at 4:40 am |
  5. Marie MD

    Huma needs to drop weiner ASAP.
    She is smarter and better than him. Looking at him makes my stomach turn.

    July 30, 2013 06:29 am at 6:29 am |