The U.S. is considering exactly how to respond to the new government forming this week in Beirut, but cuts or realignment of military aid to Lebanon are likely if the militant group controls key parts of the government.
Clinton says the U.S. wants an independent sovereign Lebanon and is concerned about “outside forces.”
The U.S. supports an international tribunal investigating the assassination former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
Hezbollah wants to end cooperation with the tribunal, which is widely expected to indict some of the group’s members for the murder.
The United States deems the Iranian-backed Hezbollah a terrorist organization.