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Five years ago today, Donald Trump said something that would be unimaginable in 2018.

“I’m a fan of The Washington Post,” Trump told ABC News’ Jonathan Karl. “And I have to tell you, I think Jeff [Bezos] really is an amazing guy. I think he’s going to bring it to that next plateau. I think he’ll do great. I think it’s a great thing for The Washington Post.”

Bezos had bought the Post earlier that week for $250 million in cash.

In the previously unaired segment, Trump was apparently enamored with The Post’s coverage of the development of his new hotel at the Old Post Office building.

“It’s going to be an amazing project,” Trump said. “The Washington Post was so supportive.”

Trump ran an editorial promoting the project in the Post in March 2012.

“Over the past year, I have been outspoken in expressing my love for this country and emphasizing the importance of making America great again,” Trump wrote.


An editorial from Donald Trump in March 2012 touting his renovation of the Old Post Office Building.

Not even three years later, Trump was resorting to personal attacks against Post reporters and banning them from campaign events, tactics he continues to use in the White House.

In the August 2013 interview, Trump also dropped another nugget about his presidential ambitions.

“If I had a campaign and if I decided to run, I think it would be very simple for me to say, ‘Make America Great Again,’” Trump said.

You can watch the interview below via ABC News.

Alice Crites contributed to this report.