During Tuesday night’s Fox Business Channel Republican presidential debate, billionaire Donald Trump claimed he would be good at negotiating with Russian President Vladimir Putin, citing being “stablemates” with the Russian leader during his taping of “60 Minutes.”
“I got to know him very well because we were both on 60 Minutes,” Trump said during the GOP debate. “We were stablemates, and we did very well that night.”
The only problem: Trump and Putin were not even in the same country. “60 Minutes” host Charlie Rose actually traveled to Moscow for a two-hour interview with Putin and Scott Pelley interviewed Trump in his New York penthouse.
Moments after Trump’s remarks at the debate, GOP presidential rival former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina shot back at the billionaire, saying she actually had a “private meeting” with Putin.
However, it is important to note, Fiorina did meet Putin in a “greenroom-type setting” during a conference in Beijing where they were both slated as speakers.
Twitter lit up as Trump recanted his odd claims about his alleged meeting with Putin, including responses from former Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann.
Weird comment on Putin/Trump and 60 minutes appearances.
— Michele Bachmann (@MicheleBachmann) November 11, 2015
Putin's interview took place in Russia. Trump's in New York. They weren't even physically in the same place. I'm so lost.
— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) November 11, 2015
60 Minutes doesn't have a green room. #GOPDebate
— Ted Johnsen (@TedAtTheNews) November 11, 2015
— Tracy Jan (@TracyJan) November 11, 2015
Editor’s note: This story has been amended to reflect that Trump didn’t say he was in the green room with Putin.
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