Clinton Delays Asian Trip by 1 Day
WASHINGTON (AP) _ President Clinton is delaying his departure for Asia by one day, skipping a scheduled overnight stay in Hawaii, a White House official said Saturday.
Clinton had planned to leave Sunday afternoon, after a White House meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, and spend some time in Hawaii en route to Brunei and then Vietnam. Barak, however, cut short his trip to Washington early Sunday and returned home to deal with the hijacking of a Russian airliner that was forced to fly to Israel. It was unclear when he would meet with the president.
Clinton will leave Monday morning, stopping briefly, before heading to Brunei for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum on Wednesday and Thursday.
Hillary Rodham Clinton, as planned, will accompany the president on his historic visit to Vietnam but will not go to Brunei.
The delay was not tied to the presidential election recount in Florida but to the first lady’s duties as a senator-elect from New York, said P.J. Crowley, spokesman for Clinton’s National Security Council.
``This is a strictly personal decision,″ he said.