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Eight Photos Show Bill Clinton And Donald Trump Looking Like Best Buds

“Donald had him in the corner and tied him up. I’ll never forget that.”

Image via the William J. Clinton Presidential Library.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump don’t have anything nice to say about each other. You’d think they were the worst of enemies. That’s what happens in a heated presidential election. And Bill Clinton has been getting in on the act, openly saying that Trump’s campaign slogan itself is “racist.” And that’s not even scratching the surface of the punches Trump has thrown at both Clintons in recent months.


All of this aggression, however, probably would have seemed strange to Bill and Donald in the year 2000. Because photos released in mid-2016 show them appearing to be straight up bros, doing middle-aged guy handshakes, posing for photos with a woman in a Playboy bunny T-shirt, and having a laugh with Trump’s future wife, Melania.

Image via The William J. Clinton Presidential Library.

The photos were released by the William J. Clinton Presidential Library after a Freedom of Information Act request from Politico, which published the photos.

Overall, the Clinton library released 22 images taken during a June 2000 visit by then-President Clinton to the Trump Tower in New York. Clinton was making a stop on his way to a fundraiser for a New York Democrat.

Image via the William J. Clinton Presidential Library.

Image via the William J. Clinton Presidential Library.

And these aren’t just the standard hand-shaking events that take place seemingly every day between powerful business and political leaders. Several Clinton associates told Politico that the two men were virtually inseparable at the event, with Trump even returning after a brief departure to “corner” Bill, much to the chagrin of other attendees who wanted a moment with the commander in chief. “Donald had him in the corner and tied him up,” Rep. Ed Towns (D-New York) told Politico. “I’ll never forget that moment.”​

Image via the William J. Clinton Presidential Library.

Image via the William J. Clinton Presidential Library.

Hillary apparently wasn’t on this trip because she does not appear in any of the photos. For now, we’re stuck with the instant classic showing Clinton and Trump looking like old pals at Donald and Melania’s 2005 wedding. However, Politico says the National Archives is currently sitting on 59 photos of a 1994 New York fundraiser that was attended by both Hillary and Donald. It’s unclear if they appear together in any of the photos, and the National Archives has so far refused to release the photos or any specific details about them.

Image via the William J. Clinton Presidential Library.

Image via the William J. Clinton Presidential Library.

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