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Trump 'personally invited' Putin to 2013 Miss Universe pageant

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before becoming the US President, personally wrote a letter inviting Russian to attend the 2013 pageant which was held in Moscow, a media report said.

At the bottom of the typed letter, Trump scrawled a postscript adding that he looked forward to seeing "beautiful" women during his trip, informed sources told

Trump, the who owned the pageant, wrote the note at a time when he was looking to expand his brand to

The letter has been turned over to investigators probing Russia's interference in the 2016 campaign. It is unclear whether Trump's missive was ever delivered to the Russian - and if so, whether Putin responded.

Meanwhile John Dowd, an attorney for Trump, said he was not familiar with the letter.

"It's all nonsense," he said.

The and attorneys for the have declined to comment.

At the time, Trump made no secret that he hoped Putin would attend the pageant, which was being held in for the first time, reported.

In a June 18, 2013, tweet, Trump wrote: "Do you think Putin will be going to The Pageant in November in - if so, will he become my new best friend?"

However, Putin did not attend the pageant and instead sent Trump a "friendly" letter and a gift of a Russian lacquered box.

Over the years, has offered inconsistent stories about whether he met Putin before he became

In October 2013, a month before the pageant, he told late-night host that Putin was a "tough guy" and that he had "met him once", reports

During a debate in November 2015, Trump said that he knew Putin "very well".

But in July 2016, he told a affiliate in Miami: "I have nothing to do with Russia, nothing to do, I never met Putin, I have nothing to do with whatsoever."



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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 09:30 IST