The inaugural luncheon reached its crescendo Friday afternoon when congressional leaders toasted the new president and presented him with several gifts, including framed photos of his swearing-in from earlier in the day.
When Trump took the podium, he gave very brief remarks, but then he singled out Bill and Hillary Clinton for attending the event:
“There is something that I wanted to say: Because I was very honored – very very honored – when I heard that President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton was coming today. And I think it’s appropriate to say… I’d like you to stand up.”
The room broke into a bipartisan standing ovation as Trump pointed at the woman who drew nearly 3 million more votes than him but lost the race for electoral votes. The new president gave her a thumbs up and pumped his fist in appreciation toward her.
“Honestly,” he said, “There’s nothing more I can because I have a lot of respect for those two people.”