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Donald Trump Honored Hillary And Bill Clinton At His Luncheon With A Standing Ovation

"I have a lot of respect for those two people," President Trump said.

Posted on January 20, 2017, at 3:55 p.m. ET

Newly inaugurated President Trump asked the entire room at his luncheon to give a standing ovation to the Clintons, who attended Trump's special inaugural event.


Trump took the podium and announced to the roomful of people that there was something he wanted to specifically address.

"There is something that I wanted to say," he began.

"I was very honored — very, very honored — when I heard that President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton [were] coming today," he said. Trump then asked the room to stand up.


The crowd erupted in applause. Trump himself clapped loudly at the podium.

"And honestly there's nothing more I can say because I have a lot of respect for those two people," Trump added, pointing to the Clintons.

After Trump did not acknowledge Hillary in his official inauguration speech, people on both sides of the aisle were surprised to hear it at the Congressional Luncheon. Some felt the move was very "classy" of the new president.

Trump just had people stand at the Congressional Luncheon to applaud Hillary. First classy move I've seen him make. More of that, please.

Very classy of Trump to salute Hillary and ask everyone to stand and applaud her

Wow. Quite a moment there. Pres. Trump says he is honoured Bill & Hillary Clinton are here- asks them to stand- they get standing ovation

While others were more cautiously skeptical.

Trump said he has a lot of respect for Hillary? I thought he said a few months back she should be in prison. lol

On 1/13, Trump called Hillary Clinton "guilty as hell." As POTUS today, he says of her & Bill "I have a lot of respect for those 2 ppl"

The tribute was shockingly "magnanimous" for most people, as Trump commonly referred to his former opponent as "Crooked Hillary" only a few months ago.

Magnanimous move by President Trump to recognize and lead applause for Hillary Clinton, a woman he spent months calling “crooked."

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.