Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said CNN pundit Lou DobbsLouis (Lou) Carl DobbsBarr back on the hot seat Trump asks why Bolton didn't complain earlier Trump allies throw jabs at Bolton over book's claims MORE can buzz off during a townhall meeting with career foreign affairs officers on Friday.

One questioner, Jan Strasser, an employee at the United States Joint Forces Command, asked what Clinton thought about a system of global governance, referencing the work on the subject by Anne-Marie Slaughter, Clinton's nomination to be the State Dept.'s Director of Policy Planning.

"Well, I can just imagine what Lou Dobbs will say about that," Clinton said to laughter, referencing the CNN host who has emphasized economic nationalism and decreased deference to larger world governing bodies.

"You know what? Who cares about Lou Dobbs?" Strasser responded.

"I agree with that," Clinton shot back to more laughter, before refusing to specifically answer the question, saying that Slaughter is working on the subject.