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The Al Smith Dinner Highlights

24 October 2016

Despite the tension between the two candidates in recent weeks, Clinton and Trump shook hands at the conclusion of the dinner.

At the 71st Annual Alfred E. Smith Dinner in NY on Thursday, presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton traded barbs and jokes in a campaign tradition. "Michelle Obama gives a speech, and everyone loves it, it's fantastic; they think she's absolutely great".

At one point at the event, which raised $6 million for Catholic charities supporting children, Trump said Clinton was "pretending not to hate Catholics".

Some of Trump's jibes drew boos from the crowd at the event known more friendly jokes than conflict.

Although Mr Trump made a few amicable jokes, he quickly shed his jovial facade and tore into Clinton, making the most of the chance to remind the US electorate why he is a better choice for US President.

Clinton, for her part, alternated between the expressions of mild amusement and thinly veiled disdain she perfected over the course of the last three debates.

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Trump also brought up a moment from the debate Wednesday night. Clinton's account tweeted at Trump, after the Republican nominee claimed that he had nearly unanimously "won" the third and final presidential debate on Wednesday evening.

Clinton said if Trump does win the elections, then things will get "awkward" at the annual presidents' day photo when all the former presidents gather at the White House. I'm going to be able to do it. For instance, Hillary believes that it's vital to deceive the people by having one public policy and a totally different policy in private.

Trump's performance at the dinner, during which he called Clinton "corrupt", led to scattered boos and jeers from the well-heeled crowd. "In fact, just before taking the dais, Hillary accidentally bumped into me and she very civilly said, 'Pardon me'".

According to Dolan, Clinton returned the compliment and called for them to come together after the election to heal the country in the wake of a particularly divisive election.

An angry Mrs Clinton responded with incredulity to the highly controversial charge, saying: "I, for one, am appalled that somebody who is the nominee of one of our two major parties would take that kind of position".

The Al Smith Dinner Highlights