4 July 2014, 21:23

Hillary Clinton's awkward moment: Ex US State Secretary confuses main political parties in UK

Hillary Clinton's awkward moment: Ex US State Secretary confuses main political parties in UK

Hillary Clinton, the former US Secretary of State, has made an embracing gaffe while promoting her new book in the UK. She got the names of the political parties in Great Britain wrong.

In an interview with the BBC's Woman's Hour show Jenni Murray asked Clinton to specify what was so special about the relations between the American and British governments. In return, the former Secretary of State referred to the Conservatives and Tories as opposing parties.

"It is so special to me, personally, and I think it is very special between our countries. There's just a - not just a common language - but a common set of values that we can fall back on," Mrs. Clinton said. "It doesn't matter in our country whether it's a Republican or Democrat, or frankly in your country whether it's a Conservative or a Tory. There is a level of trust and understanding. It doesn't mean we always agree because, of course, we don't."

Conservatives and the Tories are, in fact, two different names for the center-right political party in UK. One would imagine that the once top diplomat should be aware of political environment in other countries, including that of its closest allies. Apparently, Mrs. Clinton meant to compare US Republicans and Democrats to the Conservative and Labor parties in the UK. To be fair, half an hour later in another interview she didn't make the same mistake correctly identifying UK's two main parties as Conservative and Labor.

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