Obama: I Did Not Announce Bid To Become UN Secretary-General

PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 02: Former US President Barack Obama delivers a speech during the 7th summit of "Les Napoleons" at Maison de la Radio on December 2, 2017 in Paris, France. Obama is the exceptional guest of ... PARIS, FRANCE - DECEMBER 02: Former US President Barack Obama delivers a speech during the 7th summit of "Les Napoleons" at Maison de la Radio on December 2, 2017 in Paris, France. Obama is the exceptional guest of "Les Napoleons" summit, a bi-annual symposium, created in 2015, dedicated to all the actors of innovation in communication and development around the world. (Photo by Chesnot/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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February 28, 2018 3:12 p.m.

Former President Barack Obama never campaigned to become U.N. secretary-general, despite a false story claiming he had announced a bid and was consulting others.

A story appearing on more than two dozen websites says Obama is seeking the job “to advance his globalist agenda on the world stage.” Obama’s office says the story is not true and he’s happy as a private citizen.

A secretary-general also generally doesn’t campaign, but has to be nominated first by the U.N. Security Council. Any one of that council’s permanent members (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States) could veto the selection.

The story also incorrectly refers to Obama attempting to follow Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. Ban left the post in 2016 and was succeeded by Antonio Guterres.

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