Photos of Bill Clinton and Donald Trump Together to Be Made Public
The release is set to happen in September.
By MATTHEW CLAIBORNE
June 16, 2016, 11:33 PM
• 2 min read
-- Photos from more than a decade ago of former President Bill Clinton and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump will be released this fall by the Clinton Presidential Library, the National Archives told ABC News.
The official White House photos were taken in the summer of 2000 when Clinton visited Trump Tower for a political fundraiser for former New York Representative Ed Towns. The White House photographed the two again a few months later at the U.S. Open. The photos show the men together at the events.
On the campaign trail, Trump has ripped into President Clinton and his past sex scandals and laced into Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee, calling her "Crooked Hillary."
The National Archives says the photos will be released on Sept. 9 at 9 a.m. and will be made available to the public. The release comes in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request from Buzzfeed for photos of Trump and Clinton.
As per procedure, both President Clinton and President Obama were notified of the release and have 60 working days to object to their disclosure, which is unlikely.
Some 555 photos were processed in response to the FOIA request and 496 will be published. According to the National Archives, it is standard procedure to process the entire camera roll dealing with each FOIA case, which means that it is possible many of the photos will not have Trump depicted in them.
The photos suggest that Trump and Clinton maintained some sort of relationship over several years.
They have been photographed together since then at Trump’s Trump National Golf Club in 2008 and perhaps most notably at Trump’s wedding to his current wife, Melania. The two even shared a short phone call a few weeks before Trump launched his presidential bid in 2015. A spokesperson for President Clinton said the presidential race was not discussed at that time.
News of the release was first reported by Politico.