BuzzFeed News

Reporting To You

politics

Trump Kept Saying He Didn't Stay Overnight In Moscow In 2013, According To Comey's Memos. But He Did.

Tweets and Instagram posts make it clear that Trump spent one or two nights in Russia the weekend of Miss Universe 2013.

Posted on April 20, 2018, at 6:43 p.m. ET

Kevin Lamarque / Reuters

In two of James Comey's memos about his interactions with President Donald Trump, the former FBI director says that Trump made a point to tell him that he didn't stay overnight in Moscow when he was there for the 2013 Miss Universe pageant.

Trump himself, however, said he spent the "weekend" in Moscow surrounding the Saturday evening event — and contemporaneous information about the event (in addition to subsequent reporting) makes clear that Trump spent at least one night, and likely two nights, in Moscow during the trip.

On the Monday morning after returning from Moscow, Trump tweeted to his partner in hosting the pageant in Moscow, Aras Agalarov, that he had enjoyed his weekend there.

@AgalarovAras I had a great weekend with you and your family. You have done a FANTASTIC job. TRUMP TOWER-MOSCOW is next. EMIN was WOW!

So, what is this all about? In Comey's memos, he details that Trump, on two occasions, told the then-FBI director that he didn't spend the night in Moscow in 2013 — part of the president's response to and insistence that claims made in the "Steele dossier" couldn't possibly be true.

The first time Trump made the claim, in Comey's telling, was during a one-on-one dinner between the two men that took place in the Green Room of the White House on Jan. 27, 2017.

Comey wrote that Trump then raised the claim again in the Oval Office a week and a half later, on Feb. 8 — with then-White House chief of staff Reince Priebus in attendance.

What actually happened? Social media posts from that weekend alone show how unbelievable it is that Trump claims he didn't stay overnight.

On Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, Agalarov's son, Emin, posted an Instagram photo of Trump's arrival at Crocus City Hall — the Agalarovs' venue where the pageant was held.

Instagram: @eminofficial

The next day, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, Trump tweeted:

I'm in Moscow for Miss Universe tonight - picking a winner is very hard, they are all winners. Total sellout of arena. Big night in Russia!

I was just given a great tour of Moscow - fantastic, hard working people. CITY IS REALLY ENERGIZED! The World will be watching tonight!

Then, Trump and the Agalarovs went to the Saturday, November 9, 2013, pageant.

Instagram: @agalarovaras

And they attended the after-party.

Instagram: @eminofficial

At some point while in Moscow, Trump also helped film a scene for Emin's next video.

Via youtu.be

Late Sunday night, Nov. 10, 2013, Trump tweeted that he "just got back from Russia."

I just got back from Russia-learned lots & lots. Moscow is a very interesting and amazing place! U.S. MUST BE VERY SMART AND VERY STRATEGIC.

He went on a tweetstorm, including noting that he would be on Fox & Friends on Monday morning.

I will be on Fox & Friends tomorrow morning at 7.ºº

A half-hour later, he also tweeted that a person asking him to run for president in 2016 was "very nice."

"@_maleki_: @realDonaldTrump : Give the people what they want and announce your candidacy for president 2016." Thank you, very nice.

On that Monday morning, Nov. 11, 2013, Trump did indeed appear on the show, calling in for a several-minutes interview about the state of the US, the Obama presidency, and the pageant, among other topics.


ADVERTISEMENT