Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to return to the White House next week in a rare public appearance since stepping out of the political limelight.
The White House announced that Clinton was scheduled to appear on Tuesday to help honor the 2023 winners of the Praemium Imperiale, a global prize awarded annually by the Japan Art Association for lifetime achievement in the arts.
He will attend the arts event with first lady Jill Biden, who recently tested positive for COVID.
Clinton, a former New York senator and secretary of state who became the Democratic nominee for president, has rarely attended such events since losing the 2016 presidential election to Donald Trump.
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The winners of the Praemium Imperiale were first honored at the White House by President Clinton and the first lady in 1994.
Next week’s event is set to go ahead despite the first lady’s COVID-positive test on Monday.
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On Wednesday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden was “doing great.” He is recuperating in Delaware.
The event comes as the Biden White House extends previous invitations to former President Obama and the Clinton family.
In April 2022, Obama returned to the White House for the first time since the end of his administration for an event celebrating the Affordable Care Act, his signature healthcare law.
The following month, former President Clinton had lunch with Biden at the White House.
Jean-Pierre clarified on Wednesday morning that President Biden has tested negative for COVID, following negative tests over the past two days. He continued to wear a mask, although he often took it off.
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The president is scheduled to leave Thursday for India to attend the G-20 summit.
He will then travel to Vietnam and Alaska.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.