A top Hillary Clinton aide on Thursday downplayed the reports that claimed former President Bill Clinton had urged Donald Trump to take a bigger role in Republican politics a number of weeks prior the real estate mogul launching his official bid for the White House.
The communication director for the Hillary Clinton campaign, Jennifer Palmieri chuckled when she said, “Bill Clinton is very persuasive, he convinced Mr. Trump to do all this, Right.”
She added, “They exchanged a number of pleasantries. Mr. Trump mentioned that he was considering running for the White House and President Clinton wished him well, but did not extend the businessman any kind of advice.”
A newspaper in Washington reported on Wednesday that Bill Clinton had spoken by telephone with Donald Trump back in May, when Trump was nearing his decision as to whether he would run for his bid for the White House. In June, Trump formally entered the Republican race for his party’s presidential nomination.
Former President Clinton reportedly urged the real estate mogul to take a larger role in the Republican Party during a conversation the two had weeks after his wife, Hillary Clinton formally launched her bid for the White House as a Democrat.
Since June, Trump has surged to the top of the field of 17 GOP candidates in the polls amidst a number of controversies, while some members of his Republican Party have voiced their frustration over his association in the past with the Clintons.
The communications director for Hillary Clinton said that Donald Trump does not strike her as a person who takes a huge step, like entering the race for the White House, because someone else told him to.
She denied that either of the Clintons had encouraged Trump to run for the presidency.
She said she did not know Trump but believes he is more than capable of making decisions on his own and does not seem to be someone who would take a big step if it were not in his own best interest.