“I probably won’t talk to her before Election Day, but I’ll absolutely talk to her after Election Day,” Clinton said to E! News. “Our friendship started before politics, so it will last beyond politics.”
The two have a lot in common: both grew up in the public eye to larger-than-life parents, they’re close in age (Clinton is 36, Trump is 34), and they’re both mothers to young families.
Their friendship burgeoned around the time Clinton moved to New York in 2003, when they would often run into each other at charity functions and social events. And while it was undoubtedly bolstered by their parents’ then-amicable relationship — Hillary and Bill Clinton attended Donald Trump‘s wedding to Melania — it endured even after their parents parted ways.
Their respective social media accounts have read as a support network for one another over the years. As recently as June 2015, the same month that her father threw his hat in the political ring, Trump tweeted a quote of Clinton’s and wrote, “Well said, @ChelseaClinton #wisewords #quote.”
Despite mutual respect and a genuine fondness for one another, however, the two famous progeny have pulled back on their friendship for the duration of the election and have agreed not to appear in public together, according to Politico
But their unabashed praise of one another indicates that a permanent post-election rift is unlikely.
“Our friendship has never been about politics; I don’t expect it will be about politics in the future,” Trump said to People
. “We’re both incredibly supportive of our parents, as we should be. But we also continue to have great respect for one another.”