Report: Bill Clinton called Trump ahead of campaign launch
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Former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonWords matter, except to Democrats, when it involves impeaching Trump Appeals court allows Trump emoluments case to move forward Trump commemorates 9/11 with warning to Taliban MORE called Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSupreme Court comes to Trump's aid on immigration Trump is failing on trade policy Trump holds call with Netanyahu to discuss possible US-Israel defense treaty 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 Clinton2020 is not a family affair, for a change New York Democrat pens op-ed on why he opposes impeaching Trump Rob Zombie on canceling 'The Hunt': 'A bulls–-- sacrificial lamb that solves nothing in society' 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.