In First TV Interview As President-Elect, Trump Calls Clinton ‘Strong’ And ‘Smart’

In his first television interview since winning the presidential election, Donald Trump described on CBS News’ “60 Minutes” his phone call with Hillary Clinton and said that the former secretary of state is strong and smart.

“It was a lovely call, and it was a tough call for her, I mean, I can imagine. Tougher for her than it would have been for me. I mean, for me, it would have been very, very difficult,” Trump sad, referring to Clinton’s call after Trump secured victory. “She couldn’t have been nicer. 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,” he added in the interview set to air in full on Sunday.

Trump also said that Bill Clinton called him to offer congratulations.

“He couldn’t have been more gracious. He said it was an amazing run. One of the most amazing he’s ever seen. He was very, very, really, very nice,” Trump said of his call with Bill Clinton.

When asked if he would seek Bill Clinton’s advice, Trump told CBS News’ Lesley Stahl that he would “think about that.”

“He’s a very talented guy, both of them, I mean, this is a very talented family,” Trump said.

Watch the clip via CBS News:

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