Report: Bill Clinton called Trump ahead of campaign launch
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Former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonSexual assault is not a game — stop using women to score political points Trump, GOP regain edge in Kavanaugh battle Presidential approval: It's the economy; except when it's not MORE called Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassley: Dems 'withheld information' on new Kavanaugh allegation Health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Groups plan mass walkout in support of Kavanaugh accuser MORE around the time the businessman was making a final decision about jumping into the 2016 Republican presidential race, The Washington Post reports.  

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Trump spoke with Clinton from his office in New York, and the former president encouraged the celebrity real estate developer to play a larger role in the GOP, four Trump allies told the Post.
 
While the call was one of "many" the pair have had over the years, the Post said, it reportedly came weeks after Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGraham: There's a 'bureaucratic coup' taking place against Trump Fox News poll shows Dems with edge ahead of midterms Poll: Democrats in position to retake the House MORE declared her own White House, becoming the Democratic frontrunner. 

“Mr. Trump reached out to President Clinton a few times. President Clinton returned his call in late May,” an employee for Bill Clinton told the Post. “While we don’t make it a practice to discuss the president’s private conversations, we can tell you that the presidential race was not discussed.” 

A spokeswoman for Trump's campaign declined to comment for the Post report, and Hillary Clinton's campaign did not immediately offer a statement for it.
 
Some Republicans have voiced frustration with Trump entering the GOP race, noting his previous associations with the Clintons and donations to the Clinton Foundation, which have come under fire.
 
He has also admitted that he identifies with Democrats on some issues, including around the time of the financial crises, which he has used amid arguments that the country doesn't need "another Bush."
 
Trump is currently atop several polls, leading all Republicans presidential candidates, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, by double digits heading into Thursday night's first GOP debate.
 
For his part, Trump has in recent weeks repeatedly labeled Hillary Clinton as the "worst" secretary of State.