WASHINGTON — The White House says President Barack Obama held a private dinner recently with former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest says the Obamas and the Clintons enjoyed the conversation but isn't releasing details.

Hillary Rodham Clinton stepped down in February as Obama's chief diplomat after serving in that role throughout his first term.

On Wednesday, Obama shared another notable meal, with a dozen Republican senators near the White House. He had lunch Thursday with Paul Ryan, the Republican chairman of the House Budget Committee, and Chris Van Hollen, the committee's top Democrat.

Those meals are part of a broader attempt by Obama to improve relations with congressional Republicans in hopes of jump-starting budget talks and rallying support for other proposals.

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  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on January 23, 2013. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill January 23, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on January 23, 2013. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill January 23, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on January 23, 2013. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill January 23, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill January 23, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on January 23, 2013. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on January 23, 2013. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill January 23, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on January 23, 2013. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on January 23, 2013. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill January 23, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on January 23, 2013. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrives to testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on January 23, 2013. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya in the Hart Senate Office Building on January 23, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on January 23, 2013. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on January 23, 2013. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on January 23, 2013. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee about the September 11 attacks against the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, on Capitol Hill January 23, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya in the Rayburn House Office Building on January 23, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya in the Rayburn House Office Building on January 23, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya in the Rayburn House Office Building on January 23, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is seated before testifying before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya in the Rayburn House Office Building on January 23, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya in the Rayburn House Office Building on January 23, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)