Hillary Campaign Denies Bill Clinton Talked Trump into Running
MITCHELL: "Jen Palmieri is with Clinton's campaign. Jen, great to see you. Well, you know, people are talking about is this a manchurian candidate moment. Did Bill Clinton put Donald Trump up to it? Tell us what happened. What is, from your knowledge, what did they talk about, what role, if any, did Bill Clinton play in Donald Trump's somewhat surprising decision to become a candidate this time after threatening to after so many years?"
PALMIERI: "Mr. Trump had reached out at some point to talk to President Clinton. President Clinton returned the call. They are acquaintances nape exchanged some pleasantries. Mr. Trump noted he was thinking about running for president and the president wished him well but didn't give him advice. Donald Trump doesn't strike me as someone who takes a big step like this because someone wants him to. He seems to be someone who very much operates under the premise of free will and I think this is his decision."
MITCHELL: "There's no role, no behind the scenes role of the Clintons encouraging --"
PALMIERI: "No. No, I think, again, Donald Trump, I don't know the man but it seems to me he's quite capable of making his own decisions and doesn't strike me as someone who takes a big step because somebody else finds it to be in their interest. He seems to be pretty motivated by what's in his interest."