Hillary Clinton has fuelled speculation that she intends to run for the White House in 2016 by insisting that she has no intention of retiring after stepping down as U.S. Secretary of State in the coming weeks.

Asked by a reporter how she planned to spend her retirement, Clinton shot back: ‘I don’t know if that is a word I would use, but certainly stepping off the very fast track for a little while.’

Her comments came during her first appearance before the press since she returned to work after  several weeks of absence due to illness including a stint in hospital after a blood clot was detected between her brain and skull.

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