Clin­ton, Trump ‘Nice To Each Other in Pri­vate’

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Hil­lary Clin­ton and Don­ald Trump prob­a­bly thought can­did re­marks made to a priest in pri­vate would re­main just that. But Car­di­nal Ti­mothy Dolan, the Arch­bishop of New York, proved to be a rather in­dis­creet con­fes­sor. Within hours of speak­ing to the two pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nees back stage at a char­ity din­ner the arch­bishop let slip one of the most shock­ing sto­ries of the cam­paign - that the bit­ter ri­vals had been “nice” to each other, and even said a prayer to­gether. “There were some very touch­ing mo­ments,” Car­di­nal Dolan said. “When we were go­ing in I said ‘Can we pray to­gether?’ as we were wait­ing to be an­nounced. “Af­ter the lit­tle prayer Mr Trump turned to Mrs Clin­ton and said ‘You know, you are one tough and tal­ented woman’. Then he said ‘This has been a good ex­pe­ri­ence, this whole cam­paign, as tough as it’s been’. Mrs Clin­ton re­sponded: “Don­ald, what­ever hap­pens, we need to work to­gether af­ter­wards.” Car­di­nal Dolan said: “I was very moved by this ob­vi­ous at­tempt on be­half of both of them to be cour­te­ous, to get along, to say nice things pri­vately to one another.” The pair even shook hands, which they had re­fused to do at the fi­nal pres­i­den­tial de­bate ear­lier this week. The un­usual thaw in re­la­tions, dur­ing the ugli­est pres­i­den­tial cam­paign in liv­ing mem­ory, hap­pened at the Al­fred E. Smith Me­mo­rial Foun­da­tion Din­ner in New York, which raised US$6 mil­lion for Catholic char­i­ties sup­port­ing chil­dren.

It is tra­di­tion­ally the last time the two nom­i­nees share a stage be­fore the elec­tion, each mak­ing a hu­mor­ous speech.

Dur­ing the pub­lic din­ner hos­til­i­ties were re­sumed and Car­di­nal Dolan called his seat be­tween the two can­di­dates the “ici­est place on Earth”. Sev­eral of Mr Trump’s jokes turned sour and he was booed. He ac­cused Mrs Clin­ton of be­ing “so cor­rupt she got kicked off the Water­gate Com­mis­sion” and of “pre­tend­ing not to hate Catholics.” Mrs Clin­ton said: “Don­ald looks at the Statue of Lib­erty and sees a ‘4’. Maybe a ‘5’ if she changes her hair.” Mr Trump did get per­haps the big­gest laugh of the night for a joke about his own wife Me­la­nia. At the Repub­li­can Na­tional Con­ven­tion in July she gave an ad­dress which in­cluded a pas­sage a speech­writer had taken from a pre­vi­ous Michelle Obama speech, which led to a pla­gia­rism row. Mr Trump said: “Michelle Obama gives a speech and ev­ery­one loves it. My wife Me­la­nia gives the ex­act same speech and peo­ple get on her case. I just don’t get it! Oh I’m in trou­ble when I go home tonight.”

The Tele­graph

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