Trump fails to mention Clinton in inaugural address
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President Donald TrumpDonald John Trump2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate Senate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again MORE did not mention his former campaign opponent, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again Don't expect Trump-sized ratings for Democratic debates Ocasio-Cortez on Biden: 'I think that he's not a pragmatic choice' MORE, during his inaugural address Friday, despite her presence at the Capitol.

Following their heated 2016 campaign, the closest Trump came to a mention of Clinton was thanking her husband, Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson Clinton'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again Impeaching the president: At what cost, and by what method? The Evergreen State and the soul of the Democratic Party MORE, along with some of the other former presidents in attendance.

This is not entirely unusual. 

Former President George W. Bush was the last to mention his defeated opponent during his first inaugural address in 2001: “As I begin, I thank President Clinton for his service to our nation, and I thank Vice President Gore for a contest conducted with spirit and ended with grace,” Bush said at the time.


But in 2005, Bush did not mention then-Sen. John KerryJohn Forbes KerryDemocrats can show Trump the way to avoid war with Iran Mellman: Are primary debates different? MSNBC's Hayes fears Trump military move during Democratic debates MORE (D-Mass.).

President Obama did not mention Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump says he's 'very happy' some GOP senators have 'gone on to greener pastures' The Hill's Morning Report - Democratic debates: Miami nice or spice? Trump pick brings scrutiny to 'revolving door' between Pentagon, industry MORE (R-Ariz.) or former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) in either of his inaugural addresses.

Trump’s omission did not go unnoticed in the media. CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger said she expected some reference to the former Democratic presidential nominee.

"I was also surprised that, in some way, he did not pay some tribute to Hillary Clinton like I expected as George W. Bush did to Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreImpeaching the president: At what cost, and by what method? Downey: Why I returned stolen campaign material — a lesson for Donald Trump Trump campaign considering making a play for blue state Oregon: report MORE when they had a hard-fought fight,” Borger said. “I thought that would have been a unifying moment for him, but to me this was the Donald Trump we saw during the campaign, and saying, ‘I didn’t win, the American people won.’”

Trump did, however, acknowledge the Clintons later at the traditional lunch with lawmakers in the Capitol's Statuary Hall.

"I have a lot of respect for those two people," Trump said as Hillary and Bill Clinton received a sustained standing ovation from those present.

— Updated at 3:08 p.m.