Sometimes it’s best if old rivals just bury the hatchet.This seems to be President Donald Trump’s philosophy towards former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. After Trump took his oath of office and delivered his first official speech outside the capital building, the president greeted his former competitor in a brief display of respect.
While shaking hands, video of the exchange showed Trump say, “Thank you for coming,” to the former secretary of state.
Later, as the congressional luncheon concluded, Trump said, “I was very honored when I heard President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton was coming today.”Applause broke out, with Trump joining in himself and saying, “There’s nothing more I can say, because I have a lot of respect for those two people.”Former Secretary Clinton stood up for the ovation, and appeared to mouth “thank you” for the gesture.Trump’s sentiments seemed light-years away from the two rival’s relationship just months ago.
The then-Republican nominee branded his opponent “Crooked Hillary” and rally-goers would often fill his campaign events with the infamous “lock her up” chant.After his shocking Election Day victory, Trump later reflected on a phone call he received from Clinton.“So, Hillary called, and it was a lovely call, and it was a tough call for her I mean, I can imagine,” the president said during a 60 Minutes interview. “Tougher for her than it would have been for me. I mean, for me, it would have been very, very difficult.”“She couldn’t have been nicer,” he continued. “She just said, ‘Congratulations, Donald, well done.’ And I said, ‘I want to thank you very much, you were a great competitor.’ She is very strong and very smart.”Since then, tension between the two contenders seem to have progressively diminished.