Christopher set to stay, says Clinton
Known for his commentary on international relations and US politics, Rupert Cornwell also contributes obituaries and occasionally even a column for the sports pages. With The Independent since its launch in 1986, he was the paper's first Moscow correspondent - covering the collapse of the Soviet Union – during which time he won two British Press Awards. Previously a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times and Reuters, he has also been a diplomatic correspondent, leader writer and columnist, and has served as Washington bureau editor. In 1983 he published God's Banker, about Roberto Calvi, the Italian banker found hanging from Blackfriars Bridge.
Friday 13 January 1995
This week has seen more talk that Mr Christopher was planning to resign, which a less than ringing denial from the interested party failed to quell entirely. Now, however, Mike McCurry, Mr Christopher's spokesman before taking over as the President's pr e ss secretary earlier this month, said the two had met privately just before Christmas and Mr Clinton told his secretary of state he wanted him to stay on, for the duration.
For all the criticism which has been heaped upon the often uninspiring Mr Christopher, the vote of confidence from his boss makes ample sense. In fact, US foreign policy has been reasonably successful of late. With the CIA job to be filled, the last thing the President needs as he takes on a Republican Congress is another vacancy in the highest echelons of the national security establishment.
Although the names of the UN envoy, Madeleine Albright, and Walter Mondale, US Ambassador to Tokyo, have been mentioned,there is no obvious successor is in view. Furthermore, any nominee would have to run the gauntlet of confirmation by Jesse Helms's Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Almost certainly, the arch-conservative Senator would turn proceedings into a televised trial of Clinton foreign policy.
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