Chelsea Clinton says she's 'not running for public office'

It didn't take long for speculation to bubble up around Chelsea Clinton's seemingly inevitable career in public life after her mother's devastating defeat in the 2016 election.

But the former first daughter officially put those rumors to rest on Wednesday--at least for now--telling Variety in an exclusive interview: "I am not running for public office."

"I really am constantly surprised by the stories of me running for, fill in the blank — Congress, Senate, City Council, the presidency," said Clinton. "I really find this all rather hysterical, because I've been asked this question a lot throughout my life, and the answer has never changed."

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When considering a run for office, Clinton said you have to ask yourself, "Do you think you'd do a better job than whomever else is there now?"

"I love my City Councilwoman—she's awesome," Clinton continued. "I'm obsessed with Tish James, who is our public advocate in New York City. I support our mayor. I love my Congresswoman. I love our senators. I clearly do not support the president and certainly hope that he is defeated in the next election, but I don't think I'm the best person for that job."

Clinton did, however, leave the door open for a future in politics down the line.

"If someone steps down or something changes, I'll then ask and answer those questions at that time. But right now, no, I'm not running for public office."

The former first daughter recently joined the board of directors of online travel booking site Expedia.