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Melania Laughs! Clinton and Trump Shake Hands! All the Photos You Need to See from the Al Smith Dinner

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Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton may be in the midst of a bitter battle for the White House, but the rivals reluctantly kept it friendly(ish) Thursday night as they attended the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner in New York City.

In a departure from the final presidential debate just one night earlier, the nominees shook hands at the event — and even engaged in a prayer beforehand, thanks to Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

The night was filled with laughs and boos, with the presidential candidates donning forced smiles as they launched rough barbs at each other at the usually lighthearted event.

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Spencer Platt/Getty

Trump, who spoke before Clinton, did not hold back during his speech, taking aim at Clinton at the fundraiser meant to raise money for Catholic Charities.

“This is the first time ever, ever, that Hillary is sitting down, speaking to major corporate leaders and not getting paid for it,” he said, receiving gasps and boos.

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Spencer Platt/Getty
Spencer Platt/Getty
Spencer Platt/Getty

Trump’s wife, Melania, burst into laughter during both Clinton’s and Trump’s remarks, and even shared a brief greeting with the Democratic nominee.

Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty
Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty

The 70-year-old GOP nominee offered a lighthearted joke about Melania’s controversial speech at the Republican National Convention this summer.

“Michelle Obama gives a speech and everyone loves it, it’s fantastic. They think she’s absolutely great,” he said, before adding, “My wife, Melania, gives the same exact speech and people get on her case and I don’t get it!”

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BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty

Melania, who sat just a few seats from the stage,  laughed and shook her head as Trump ushered her to stand to a round of applause.

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BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty
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Spencer Platt/Getty

Clinton, 68, did not mince words in her speech either, addressing Trump’s controversial remarks about women.

“People look at the Statue of Liberty and they see a proud symbol … a beacon of hope for people around the world,” she began.

“Donald looks at the Statue of Liberty and sees a four. Maybe a five if she loses the torch and tablet and changes her hair.”

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BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty
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MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty

 

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MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty

She also offered light humor about the presidential debates, expressing her thanks that they are over and saying the experiences had to “count as a miracle.”

“I have now stood next to Donald more times than any of his campaign managers,” she quipped.