United States of America’s President-elect, Donald J. Trump of the Republican Party has opened up on the brief but emotional defeat concession phone call made to him by his opponent.
Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton
We all know Hillary Clinton called Donald Trump personally in the early hours of November 9 to concede the 2016 presidential election, but we’ve struggled with imagining how that conversation could have possibly gone down. What could Clinton have said in what was sure to be an incredibly difficult conversation?
In a 60 Minutes interview (which is set to air November 13), Trump shared how the conversation went. As Us Weekly reports, the President-Elect was actually very complimentary of Clinton and the whole exchange.
“So, Hillary called, and it was a lovely call, and it was a tough call for her I mean, I can imagine,” Trump said in the interview. “Tougher for her than it would have been for me. I mean, for me, it would have been very, very difficult.”
After describing the call itself as “lovely,” Trump went on to praise Clinton directly, which is a nice change from the rhetoric he engaged in during the campaign. To be clear, this doesn’t erase the things that were said on the campaign trail, but in these hard and, for many Americans, frightening days following the election, kind words can feel like a scarce commodity.
“She couldn’t have been nicer,” Trump 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.”