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Trump leads standing ovation for Bill and Hillary Clinton

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.”

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The U.S. Capitol frames the backdrop over the stage during a rehearsal of President-elect Donald Trump’s swearing-in ceremony this week in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Donald Trump will be sworn in Friday during an inauguration that’s expected to draw between 700,000 and 900,000 people. Security officials said there are 63 demonstration groups, pro and con, also expected Friday. Follow our liveblog for updates through this afternoon’s inaugural parade.

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