Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed on Monday that there was no possible way he could have authorized his government to gather compromising information on President Donald Trump in 2013 because he didn’t even realize at the time that Trump was visiting Moscow for the Miss Universe pageant.
However, Rob Goldstone — the official publicist for the Agalarov family who set up the infamous 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian agents promising dirt on Hillary Clinton — says that Putin is lying.
“President Putin just said he had no idea Donald Trump was in Moscow in 2013,” Goldstone writes on Twitter. “I know for sure that he did.”
Goldstone then went on to say that the full story would be revealed in an upcoming book — titled “Popstars, Pageants and Presidents: How an Email Trumped My Life” — that is releasing this fall.
— Rob Goldstone (@GoldstoneRob) July 16, 2018
Trump’s press event with Putin has been widely panned by former U.S. diplomats and intelligence officials, as the president cast doubt on his own intelligence agencies’ conclusions that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election while also praising Putin’s offer to have his own intelligence agencies investigate themselves.