Donald Trump’s campaign indicated Sunday that Bill Clinton’s former mistress would not be in the audience on its behalf at Monday’s debate at Hofstra University, but said it believes it has succeeded in rattling Hillary Clinton’s team.
Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told CNN’s “State of the Union” that Gennifer Flowers was not “formally” invited by the campaign and will not be there as a guest of the GOP presidential nominee.
Conway added, “I can’t believe how easily baited the Clinton campaign was.”
Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, also said Flowers — with whom the former president admitted to having an affair during his time as governor of Arkansas — will not be at the White House hopefuls’ first faceoff.
Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” Pence said a tweet by Trump saying Flowers could be in Hempstead was “mocking” the Clinton campaign’s efforts to distract voters.
Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks did not respond to a request Sunday for confirmation about Flowers.
Speculation about Flowers’ attendance was sparked by a series of tweets late last week by Clinton supporter Mark Cuban, and Trump and Flowers themselves.
Cuban, of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” tweeted: “Just got a front-row seat to watch @HillaryClinton overwhelm @realDonaldTrump at the “Humbling at Hofstra” on Monday. It Is On!”
Trump, a former reality TV host, tweeted a reference to a short-lived show by Cuban: “If dopey Mark Cuban of failed Benefactor fame wants to sit in the front row, perhaps I will put Gennifer Flowers right alongside of him!”
Read a tweet from Flowers’ account: “Hi Donald. You know I’m in your corner and will definitely be at the debate! ...” followed by a kiss emoji.
Clinton campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri had said the Democratic presidential nominee and former secretary of state will be discussing “the issues that make a difference in people’s lives” at the debate and criticized Trump for doing otherwise.