President-elect Donald Trump met Thursday with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to discuss “events and issues around the world.”
According to an official statement from the president-elect’s team, Trump and Kissinger met in New York, and their conversation focused on Russia, China, Iran and the European Union.
“President-elect Trump and Dr. Kissinger have known each other for years and had a great meeting. They discussed China, Russia, Iran, the EU and other events and issues around the world,” the statement reads.
“I have tremendous respect for Dr. Kissinger and appreciate him sharing his thoughts with me,” Trump said, according to the statement.
Kissinger and Trump met
during the Republican presidential primaries, a visit Trump hoped would build up his foreign policy credentials.
Kissinger has been critical of Trump’s proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S., stating last December that he “would urge him not to make such a blanket exclusion.” In September, he said he would consider
endorsing Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton
She has called Kissinger a “friend,” while touting his compliments of her tenure as secretary of State.
“I was very flattered when Henry Kissinger said I ran the State Department better — better than anybody had run it in a long time. So I have an idea of what it’s going to take to make our government work more efficiently,” she said during the fifth presidential primary debate.