Trump fails to mention Clinton in inaugural address
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President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpUS gives examples of possible sanctions relief to Iran GOP lawmaker demands review over FBI saying baseball shooting was 'suicide by cop' House passes bill aimed at stopping future Trump travel ban MORE did not mention his former campaign opponent, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPelosi on power in DC: 'You have to seize it' Cuba readies for life without Castro Chelsea Clinton: Pics of Trump getting vaccinated would help him 'claim credit' 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 ClintonThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Tensions rise as U.S. waits for Derek Chauvin verdict Obama, Clinton reflect on Mondale's legacy Polls suggest House Democrats will buck midterm curse and add to their ranks 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 KerryBrazil wants U.S. to pay not to raze Amazon Overnight Energy: Biden will aim to cut US emissions in half by 2030 | Oil and gas leasing pause on public lands will last at least through June The era of climate statecraft is here MORE (D-Mass.).

President Obama did not mention Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCindy McCain rejects idea of running for office: 'I've been there' Bush says he doesn't criticize other presidents to avoid risking friendship with Michelle Obama 'Real Housewives of the GOP' — Wannabe reality show narcissists commandeer the party 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 GoreWalter Mondale was our first consequential vice president How Democrats can defy the odds in 2022 The information superhighway must be accessible and affordable for all 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.