Donald Trump tweeted Saturday that “perhaps” he would put Flowers, the former model who once had an affair with Bill Clinton, in the debate audience. An assistant to Flowers told BuzzFeed News she would accept the invitation.
Gennifer Flowers, the former model who had an extramarital affair with Bill Clinton in the 1980s, says she’ll accept an invitation from Donald Trump to sit in the front row of Monday’s presidential debate, according to an assistant.
The prospect of Flowers attending the debate was raised on Saturday when Trump tweeted that he would put her in the audience, if billionaire and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban sat in the front row.
“If dopey Mark Cuban of failed Benefactor fame wants to sit in the front row, perhaps I will put Jennifer Flowers right alongside of him!” Trump tweeted Saturday afternoon.
An assistant to Flowers told BuzzFeed News in the past she had declined such invitations, not wanting to be a “sideshow,” but said she would forward the invite to Flowers.
In an email to BuzzFeed News, Judy Stell, her personal assistant then confirmed she would be attending.
“Ms. Flowers has agreed to join Donald at the debate,” she said.
A Trump campaign spokesman did not immediately respond to a BuzzFeed News if the invite was official.
Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri commented, “Hillary Clinton plans on using the debate to discuss the issues that make a difference in people’s lives. It’s not surprising that Donald Trump has chosen a different path.”
A Clinton official speaking with BuzzFeed News said Trump’s reaction showed he was easily provoked which would undermine attempts to show he was presidential at the debate.
The co-chair of the nonpartisan commission that operates the debates said on Saturday that Cuban will not actually be sitting in the front row. But he will attend the debate, continuing his ongoing feud, which dates back about a decade, with Trump. Just this summer, Cuban questioned whether Trump is really a billionaire and criticized Trump as a liar.
“Hi Donald Trump… I’m in your corner. Of course I will see u at the debate !!,” Flowers wrote on Facebook.
On Sunday morning, Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told CNN she could not confirm whether Flowers would be at the debate.
“I can’t confirm how easily baited the Clinton campaign was,” she said. “Basically Mr. Trump was saying, look, if Mark Cuban is going to send out these texts that say, ‘The Humbling at Hofstra,’ and, ‘This is his big downfall,’ then Mr. Trump was putting them at notice that we could certainly invite guests that may get into the head of Hillary Clinton.”
“But we have not invited [Flowers] formally,” Conway said, “and we don’t expect her to be there as a guest of the Trump campaign.”
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