WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump will meet on Friday morning in the White House with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. According to the White House schedule, the meeting will last approximately 30 minutes, and it will take place immediately after the President will receive his daily intelligence briefing.
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The White House did not provide any details on what Trump will discuss with Rice, who served as the United Staes' top diplomat from 2005 to 2009 under the George W. Bush administration. This will be Trump's second announced visit with Rice since his election victory in November: During the transition period, Rice came to speak with the new president at Trump tower in Manhattan.
Rice did not support Trump's election campaign, and the two in fact exchanged a number of negative comments on each other, but she also refrained from expressing clear support for his opponent Hillary Clinton. After the election, Rice was one of the people who recommended to Trump to appoint Rex Tillerson, the former CEO of Exxon Mobile, as his Secretary of State. Rice was a partner in a consulting company that worked with Exxon Mobile when Tillerson managed the company.
Three weeks ago, Trump appointed Dina Powell, who was a closer adviser to Rice at the State Department, to a senior position in his national security council. Powell, who was born in Egypt and is fluent in Arabic, was in charge of the State Department's outreach to the Arab world when she worked with Rice, and is emerging as a leading figure on Middle East policy in the Trump White House in recent weeks.
Ever since leaving the State Department in 2009, Rice has moved to California, where she is a professor at Stanford University and a senior fellow at the conservative Hoover Institution. She is the most senior former official of the Bush administration who has received an invitation from Trump thus far to visit the White House. During her tenure as Secretary of State, Rice pushed for renewing Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, and eventually managed to lead the two parties to an international peace summit in Annapolis, Maryland in 2007.