More video evidence has emerged to contradict Donald TrumpDonald TrumpRobert Gates says 'extreme polarization' is the greatest threat to US democracy Cassidy says he won't vote for Trump if he runs in 2024 Schiff says holding Bannon in criminal contempt 'a way of getting people's attention' MORE's claim that he's never spoken with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
On Wednesday morning, the GOP presidential nominee held a press conference during which he discussed — and, in the case of Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump criticizes Justice for restoring McCabe's benefits Biden sends 'best wishes' to Clinton following hospitalization The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Jan. 6 panel flexes its muscle MORE, encouraged — Russian hacking of Democratic Party emails.
“Why do I have to get involved with Putin? I have nothing to do with Putin," Trump said. "I’ve never spoken to him. I don’t know anything about him other than he will respect me."
But the claim that he's never met or spoken to Putin is directly contradicted by at least two other public statements he has made.
On Thursday, the website Mother Jones published footage from Trump's 2014 appearance at a National Press Club Luncheon in Washington, D.C.
"I spoke indirectly and directly with President Putin, who could not have been nicer," Trump told the audience, referring to his hosting of the Miss Universe contest on Russian soil.
And in a 2015 presidential debate, Trump said he got to know Putin "very well" because "we were both on ’60 Minutes,’ we were stablemates, and we did very well that night."
Fact-checkers subsequently reported that while Trump and Putin did in fact appear on the same episode of "60 Minutes," they conducted their respective interviews in different countries.