Hillary Clinton joked on Monday that she had considered leaving the country following President Trump’s victory at the conclusion of the 2016 presidential election.
Clinton, who was speaking in New Zealand as part of the tour for her book “What Happened,” said she received a number of offers that would relocate her out of the country sometime after the election.
“I received a number of invitations from Kiwis to permanently relocate here,” she said.
“I must say I really did appreciate the offers. Gave them some thought,” Clinton joked. “But I’m going to stay put because we have work to do in my country as well.”
The former Democratic presidential nominee stated that she remained in the United States because her obligations and duties, but continued to express admiration for the country, which has had three female prime ministers.
Notably, the country’s first female commander-in-chief, Dame Jenny Shipley, oversaw Clinton’s talk. Clinton’s schedule also put her face-to-face with the current Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, in a private breakfast. Ardern is set to become the first politician in decades to give birth while holding a country’s top office.
Due to the many parallels that the two share, it is unsurprising that Clinton has a deep respect for Ardern.
“When she won I was thrilled because, after my election, to see a young woman become prime minister was such a…really a shot of optimism. So when we talked, we talked about everything. We talked about being a mother and combining public official responsibilities with motherhood,” Clinton said in an interview with news outlet from New Zealand.
On the topic of running again for the presidency, Clinton stated once more that she does not intend to run again, but sees an opportunity for a Democratic candidate to beat Trump in the upcoming presidential election, especially if they take into account what she called an “unprecedented reality TV campaign.”
“Whoever runs will be much better prepared than I was or the country was,” she told Stuff. “I think there will be women running…but I think the most important thing is to elect a Democrat, to get back to a rules-based, respectful president who understands the awesome responsibility of being in charge of our country.”
Clinton has often used her platform as a public figure and politician to make snide remarks about Donald Trump and his administration. This has caused controversy at some points.