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Donald Trump: Concession call with Clinton was lovely

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Trump described the call as "lovely"

Trump also noted he received a call from former President Bill Clinton

Washington CNN —  

President-elect Donald Trump told “60 Minutes” correspondent Leslie Stahl that Hillary Clinton made a “lovely” phone call to him to concede the presidential race.

“It was a tough call for her. I mean, I can imagine. Tougher for her than it would have been for me, and for me it would have been very, very difficult,” Trump said in his first TV interview since being elected as the 45th president of the United States. Clips of the interview were released Friday night and the network will air the full interview Sunday evening.

Clinton reportedly called Trump to concede early Wednesday morning. She publicly conceded later in the day before staffers and supporters.

“She couldn’t have been nicer. She just said, ‘Congratulations, Donald. Well done.’ and I said, ‘I want to thank you very much. You were a great competitor.’ She’s very strong and very smart,” Trump told Stahl.

Trump also noted he received a call from former President Bill Clinton.

“He actually called last night,” Trump said. “He couldn’t have been more gracious. He said it was an amazing run, one of the most amazing he’s ever seen.”

After months of campaigning, Trump’s White House transition efforts have already begun. Trump met with President Barack Obama and congressional leadership this week.

When asked if he would ever consider calling up President Clinton for advice, Trump said he would “certainly think about that.”

“He’s a very talented guy, both of them. I mean, this is a very talented family,” Trump said of the Clintons.