Trump says he stayed overnight in Moscow during 2013 trip

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer Joint Chiefs chairman: 'The last thing in the world we need right now is a war with Iran' Pence: 'We're not convinced' downing of drone was 'authorized at the highest levels' Trump: Bolton would take on the whole world at one time 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 ComeyTop Mueller prosecutor Andrew Weissmann lands book deal Trump to appear on 'Meet the Press' for first time as president Hicks repeatedly blocked by White House from answering Judiciary questions 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 ClintonTrump: I'd rather run against Biden Democrats target Florida Hispanics in 2020 George Conway says new rape allegation against Trump 'is more credible' than Juanita Broaddrick 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) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump Schiff says Intel panel will hold 'series' of hearings on Mueller report MORE's Russia investigation as he looks into whether Trump sought to obstruct justice.