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Trump describes Clinton as ‘very strong and very smart’

President-elect Donald Trump, accompanied by his wife Melania, speaks to the media on Capitol Hill on Thursday.
President-elect Donald Trump, accompanied by his wife Melania, speaks to the media on Capitol Hill on Thursday.AP Photo/Molly Riley

President-elect Donald Trump said he is open to keeping aspects of President Obama’s signature health care program, and referred to Hillary Clinton as “very strong and very smart,” in a preview of a “60 Minutes” interview that is scheduled to air Sunday.

In the clip, Trump spoke about receiving the concession call from Clinton. After one of the most contentious presidential campaigns in recent memory, Trump had nothing but kind words for his Democratic rival.

“She couldn’t have been nicer,” he said of their phone conversation. “She just said, ‘Congratulations, Donald, well done.’ ”

The president-elect also received a congratulatory call from Bill Clinton. Trump, who had barbed and personal criticism for the former president during the campaign, said he now would be open to calling him for advice.

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“He couldn’t have been more gracious,” Trump said. “He said it was an amazing run. One of the most amazing he’s ever seen.”

Trump also said his health care plan would ensure that people with preexisting medical conditions would still receive coverage. He also indicated “children living with their parents for an extended period” would continue to be covered under his plan.

“It adds cost, but it’s very much something we’re going to try and keep,” he told CBS’s Lesley Stahl.

He denied that there would be a period under his administration where millions would be without health insurance, saying he planned to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act simultaneously.

“It’ll be great health care for much less money,” he said.

Watch the full “60 Minutes” preview clip here:


Danny McDonald can be reached at daniel.mcdonald@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @dmc_bos