Donald Trump has long provided a simple alibi for allegations about a wild night he spent in Moscow in 2013: He never spent the night there, to begin with. But according to newly reported flight records, this may not be the case.
Newly declassified memos seem to show the president twice told FBI director James Comey that he could not possibly have watched prostitutes urinate on a bed once used by Barack Obama because he did not spend a night in Moscow in November 2013. Instead, the president allegedly claimed, he visited Moscow to watch the Miss Universe beauty pageant but flew back to the US without spending a night in the Russian capital.
Now, however, Bloomberg has reported that it has acquired flight records suggesting Mr. Trump spent the night of Friday, November 8-Saturday November 9, 2013, in Moscow, before watching the beauty contest on Saturday evening and leaving Moscow in the early hours of Sunday, November 10.
Bloomberg’s reported flight records and the social media posts of Donald Trump itself, however, both seem to put him in the Russian capital during the day of Friday and the night of Friday-Saturday.
@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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 11, 2013
In the first memo, written on January 28, 2017, Mr. Comey, who was fired by Mr. Trump in May last year, recalled the president turning the conversation towards “what he called the ‘golden showers thing’”.
“He repeated that it was a complete fabrication and fake news,” Mr. Comey wrote.
“He said he had spoken to people who had been on the Miss Universe trip with him and they had reminded him that he didn’t stay overnight in Russia for that. He said he arrived in the morning, did events, then showered and dressed for the pageant at the hotel (he didn’t say the hotel name) and left for the pageant. Afterward, he returned only to get his things because they departed for New York by plane the same night.”
In one of his first public denials of the urinating prostitutes’ allegation, Mr. Trump said it couldn’t be true because he was a “germaphobe”.
“Does anybody really believe that story? I’m also very much of a germaphobe, by the way. Believe me.”. Donal Trump, January 2017.