The two most recent secretaries of state, Hillary Clinton and Condoleezza Rice, each logged over a million miles. Where did they go and which country did they visit most often?
Those are some of the questions you can find answers to in the new interactive graphic on the Washington Post website. The chart goes back only to the Bush 41 administration and Secretary of State James A. Baker III, but there are links to the State Department Historian’s office going to the Theodore Roosevelt administration.
Clinton holds the record for the most countries – 112 – and Rice for the most mileage – 1,059,247.
And where do the nation’s top diplomats go most often: Israel, of course. 90 times. And who has been there most often? Warren Christopher, 34 times, during the Bill Clinton administration. Hillary made the fewest visits: 5.
Secretaries of State have visited the Palestinian Authority 47 times, Rice most frequently with 21 and Clinton the least with 2. The PA wasn’t established until after Baker left office.
The runners-up, reports Al Kamen on the Post’s Fed Page, were: Egypt (61); United Kingdom (56); Belgium, home to NATO, (56); France (55); Germany (49); Syria (48); Russia (47)
Click on each country and you’ll find a history of visits and details going back to the Eisenhower administration. Ike’s Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles, visited Israel on May 13-14, 1953, Israel’s fifth birthday, and met with Prime Minister David Ben Gurion and Foreign Minister Moshe Sharett. It was 18 years before another secretary of state would visit.