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President Donald Trump did not mention his former campaign opponent, Hillary Clinton, 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 Clinton, 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.

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But in 2005, Bush did not mention then-Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.).

President Obama did not mention Sen. John McCain (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 Gore 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.

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