The Romneys with Trump in 2012. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Donald Trump, while endorsing Mitt Romney in 2012:

"It's my honor — real honor, and privilege to endorse Mitt Romney. And by the way, this is a great couple. Mitt is tough. He's smart. He's sharp. He's not going to allow bad things to continue to happen to this country that we all love. So, Governor Romney? Go out and get 'em. You can do it."

Donald Trump in 2016, after Mitt Romney suggested that Trump may have a "bombshell" in his tax returns:


Donald Trump on Hillary Clinton in 2008:

"Well, I'm a big fan of Hillary's. She's a terrific woman. She's a friend of mine. I think she was treated very poorly and I think it's hurt Barack Obama quite badly. But she's a terrific woman."

Donald Trump in 2015, as the possibility of running against Clinton loomed:

Donald Trump on John McCain in an interview with CNN in 2008:

"I know John McCain very well. He's not another George Bush. He's very different than George Bush. I really think he'll be a great president. I think he's going to do a really good job. He's a tough guy, he's a smart guy, he's a very, very bright guy, he's a very, very — he's just a quality human being."

In an interview with Wolf Blitzer that same year:

"I've known John for a long time, Wolf, and he's a solid person, a great man. He's a very loyal person and he's a very smart guy. And by the way, he's very, very tough, which is what you need nowadays."

Donald Trump in 2015, after McCain attacked Trump's positions on immigration:

Also:

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a decorated Vietnam war veteran, was not a war hero because he was captured by the North Vietnamese. (C-SPAN)

Donald Trump on Chris Christie in 2012:

In 2015, when Christie was running against his for the presidency:


Donald Trump on The Fix's Chris Cillizza in 2015:

In 2016, after Cillizza wrote something positive:

As the saying goes: There are no permanent allies, only permanent interests.