The Clinton Presidential Library released 22 photographs on Friday of then-President Bill Clinton and Donald Trump from two events the pair attended during June and September of 2000, in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by Politico.
On June 16, 2000 — his last year in the Oval Office — President Clinton attended a fundraiser at Trump Tower for New York Democratic Congressman Ed Towns. Clinton and Trump were photographed before the event in the lobby of the apartment building.
“I remember one thing that was very negative for me,” recalled Rep. Towns, who retired in 2013. “I promised the people [donors attending the event] they’d be able to take pictures with President Clinton, and Donald Trump came and monopolized all of the time. Donald had him in the corner and tied him up. I’ll never forget that moment.”
Later that summer, Clinton came back to New York and attended the U.S. Open in Flushing, where he appeared again in official White House photographs with Trump and his then-girlfriend and current wife Melania, in a private box at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Pictured alongside Trump and Clinton in the image collection is one Kylie Bax, a friend of Donald Trump’s who appeared as a swimsuit model for Sports Illustrated in 2000 and later graced the cover of Playboy in March 2001.
In an email to Politico from her agent, Ms. Bax explained that, “(President Clinton) was in another box and he came by to say hello to Donald. Melania is also a friend and we all went to tennis together and had a great day.”
Around the time the photographs were taken, media reports described Bax as Trump’s ex-girlfriend from the late-1990s. Ms. Bax denies these descriptions, preferring to use the term “close longtime friend”.
The National Archives, which handles presidential records and FOIA requests, also has nearly 60 photographs of then-First Lady Hillary Clinton attending a fundraiser in 1994 where Trump also appeared.
Under the Presidential Records Act of 1978, the photos of Mrs. Clinton are not required to be made public because they are considered “personal”.
[Politico] [Photo courtesy Clinton Presidential Library]