Newly inaugurated President Trump surprised many when he reserved some time to remark upon the attendance of former President Bill Clinton and his former presidential campaign rival Hillary Clinton during his inaugural luncheon Friday.
“I was very honored, very very honored when I heard that President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton was coming today,” he began, “and I think that’s appropriate to say.”
He then encouraged a standing ovation for the two Democratic icons, “I’d like you to stand up. I’d like you to stand up.”
President Trump was lauded from both sides of the aisle for the gracious moment which departed from the unbridled rancor of the presidential race.
“And honestly there’s nothing more I can say because I have a lot of respect for those two people,” he continued.
He followed the moment by extending a hand to the other Democrats in the room, and joking about his cabinet nominations.
We’re gonna have four great years. hopefully of peace and prosperity and we’ll be working very very hard. our cabinets lined up and ready. I know eventually Chuck is going to approve them, I’m sure. And we’re all dealing together, we all want the same thing, we’re all good people. Whether you’re Republican or Democrat, it doesn’t make any difference, we’re gonna get along.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has warned the Republicans that he would lead a combative opposition party against their nominees. Shortly after the luncheon, Trump’s pick for Secretary of Defense, General James “Mad Dog” Mattis, was approved by the Senate.