Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State 2009-2013
Interviewed March 2017 at Harvard University as part of the Secretaries of State Project.
“I do think the personal relationships matter. Which is why I stressed building them, expanding them, trying to understand the point of view of the other party. But at the end of the day, leaders are going to do what they think is in the best interest of their states. Part of building that relationship though is perhaps to open the window a little wider on how to define those interests…. And we did what is not necessarily building a friendship, but building more understanding, and from that establishing more strategic trust.”