U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s motorcade was accompanied by Egyptian protesters threw tomatoes and shoes and shouting"Monica, Monica, Monica" as she left the newly reopened U.S. Consulate in Alexandria on Sunday, according to CNN.
Clinton said she was in the city to answer critics who believe Washington has taken sides in Egyptian politics. There were already vocal protesters at the start of her visit to the consulate, forcing the ceremony to be moved inside.
"I want to be clear that the United States is not in the business, in Egypt, of choosing winners and losers, even if we could, which, of course, we cannot," Clinton said at the ceremony to reopen the consulate, which was closed in 1993 because of budget constraints.
Clinton’s van was around the corner from the protesters, and a senior State Department official said her car was not hit.
The chants of "Monica" refer to Monica Lewinsky, the White House intern who had an affair with Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton.
Earlier Sunday, Clinton held a closed-door meeting with the head of Egypt’s military leadership, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, whose military council is in a political tug of war with new President Mohamed Morsy.