After a divisive and contentious election characterized by frequent attacks from both Democrats and Republicans, President-elect Donald Trump praised Hillary Clinton on Nov. 11 for being "very strong and very smart" when she called Trump to concede the presidential election.
"[Clinton] couldn't have been nicer" during the concession phone call, Trump told "60 Minutes," according to ABC News. "She just said, 'Congratulations, Donald. Well done.' And I said, 'I want to thank you very much. You were a great competitor.'"
Trump said "it was a lovely call," and praised her for having poise during what he felt was a "tough call" for her.
"She's very strong and very smart," he added of his competitor, whom he had famously referred to during the campaign as a "nasty woman" and "Crooked Hillary."
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The President-elect also said he received a phone call from former President Bill Clinton, who "couldn't be more gracious" given the circumstances.
"He said it was an amazing run, one of the most amazing he's ever seen," Trump explained, later adding that he would "certainly think about" calling the former president for advice in the future.
The real estate mogul has praised the Clintons in the past, long before he declared his presidential candidacy, reports The Huffington Post. In 2008, Trump spoke of his future opponent, calling her a "great woman" and "a nice person."
"I think her history is far from being over," Trump told reporters at the time, according to The Huffington Post. "I'd like to answer that question in another 15 years from now. I think she is going to go down at a minimum as a great senator. I think she is a great wife to a president."
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He also praised Bill for being "a great president."
"You know, you look at the country then, the economy was doing great," Trump said. "Look at what happened during the Clinton years. I mean we had no war, the economy was doing great, everybody was happy."