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:
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.