While Donald Trump has been relentlessly attacking both Bill and Hillary Clinton as he campaigns for president — including going after Bill Clinton's alleged infidelity — he was filled with praise for both of them in an exclusive interview with NY1 in 2008.

  • Donald Trump praised Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton in 2008 interview
  • The interview aired on NY1 News after the 2008 presidential election
  • Trump on Hillary Clinton: "Hillary is a very smart woman, very tough woman"

"I think Bill Clinton was a great president," Trump said in the interview that was conducted shortly after the 2008 presidential election.

"You know, you look at the country then. The economy was doing great. Look at what happened during the Clinton years. I mean we had no war, the economy was doing great, everybody was happy. A lot of people hated him because they were jealous as hell," Trump said.

Asked about Hillary Clinton, Trump said: "Hillary is a very smart woman, very tough woman. That's fine. She's also a very nice person, and I know Hillary, and I know her husband very well. They're fine people."

NY1 looked deeper into its archives Wednesday morning after a CNN reporter begain inquiring about the interview.

Source: ny1.com