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Trump says he stayed overnight in Moscow during 2013 trip

President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump vows 'No more money for RINOS,' instead encouraging donations to his PAC Federal judge rules 'QAnon shaman' too dangerous to be released from jail Pelosi says Capitol riot was one of the most difficult moments of her career MORE on Thursday said he did spend the night in Moscow the night before the Miss Universe contest in 2013 and accused former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyWray says FBI not systemically racist John Durham's endgame: Don't expect criminal charges Trump DOJ officials sought to block search of Giuliani records: report MORE of lying in memos detailing their conversations.

"I went to Russia for a day or so," Trump said in an interview on "Fox & Friends." "Of course I stayed there."

The president's claim appears to contradict what Comey says he was told by Trump. Comey recalled in memos released last week that Trump twice told him that he hadn't stayed the night in Russia during the trip.

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Comey said he authored such memos to document his interactions with Trump, out of concern that the president could lie about their conversations.

Trump said that he never told Comey that he didn't stay overnight in Moscow and pointed to the apparent contradiction as an example of the inaccuracy of the former FBI director's memos. 

Flight records obtained by Bloomberg also confirmed Trump’s overnight stay at the Ritz-Carlton in Moscow.

Trump fired Comey in May, saying the dismissal was due to the former top cop's handling of the investigation into Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPelosi says Capitol riot was one of the most difficult moments of her career Hillary Clinton calls for women to 'repair' COVID-19's 'damage' on women's rights Hillary Clinton says she hopes GOP will 'find its soul' MORE's use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of State.

Trump later acknowledged that he took the FBI investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election into account when he fired Comey.

Comey's ouster has become part of the special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE's Russia investigation as he looks into whether Trump sought to obstruct justice.