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Obama & Hillary Clinton's Lunch Was A Secret Until People Magazine Spilled The Beans

FILE - This May 14, 2014 file photo shows former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaking in Washington. On any giv
FILE - This May 14, 2014 file photo shows former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaking in Washington. On any given day, Republicans call Hillary Rodham Clinton a deeply flawed future presidential candidate. Or a formidable one. Or, with the right amount of Republican-led scrutiny, one who might not run after all. As the former secretary of state, first lady and New York senator prepares for a high-profile book tour in June, Republicans are using a variety of approaches to try to define Clinton and drive down the mostly positive approval ratings she built while in President Barack Obama's Cabinet. At the same time, the GOP is building an anti-Clinton infrastructure that aims to undercut her appeal more than two years ahead of the presidential election. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, File)

President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had lunch at the White House on Thursday, but their meal may have remained a secret if it hadn't been for People Magazine tweeting about it.

Earlier Thursday, the magazine tweeted out a photo of the former secretary of state with People's Washington bureau chief Sandra Westfall. The tweet indicated that Clinton was about to meet with the president:

The lunch was not on the president's public schedule, and had not been acknowledged in any way by the White House. The tweet was deleted shortly after.

The White House later confirmed the meeting to Roll Call's Steven T. Dennis, the print pool reporter for the day.

"The President enjoyed an informal, private lunch with Secretary Clinton at the White House this afternoon," the official said, according to Dennis' pool report. The official did not offer details on what was discussed at the lunch.

Dennis noted that he has filed a complaint with White House press secretary Jay Carney over the lack of transparency regarding the meeting.

People has since reposted their tweet.

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