The report, published as excerpts from Isikoff and Corn's upcoming book "Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump", comes on the heels of a similar report accusing Trump of rigging the pageant to favor contestants from countries he had business deals with.
Around the same time that Trump reportedly wrote the Putin letter, he also took to Twitter to marvel at the Russian president. The real estate magnate, who owned the Miss Universe pageant, wrote the note at a time when he was looking to expand his brand to Russian Federation. Putin did not show up and it's not known if he received the letter. After the two met at an economic summit in Asia in November 2017, Trump said he believed Putin's assurances that he was not involved in an allegedlt state sponsored Russian campaign to tip the 2016 election in Trump's favour.
Trump was referring to Agalarov's son Emin, an Azerbaijani singer who Trump had perform at the pageant.
But a year ago, The Post reported that Felix Sater, a real estate developer with a checkered past, sent an email to then-Executive Vice President of the Trump Organization Michael Cohen in November 2015 in which he indicated that a plan to construct a Moscow Trump Tower was moving forward, and bragged that they would soon be celebrating not just the completion of the tower, but also Trump's victory in the presidential election. The candidates would be rejected if they looked "too ethnic or too dark-skinned" or if thy snubbed Trump's sexual advances. A US -based employee for the Agalarovs also attended, as did Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
Trump's November 2013 trip to Moscow for the pageant, which he then owned, has come under intense scrutiny. "You can't pull off something like this in Russian Federation unless Putin says it's OK". Days later, he met with the lawyer at Trump Tower in NY.
Since taking office, he has met Putin twice.
During a Republican primary debate in November 2015, Trump said that he knew Putin "very well".
By that time, Russian Federation was widely suspected of stealing emails from the Democratic National Committee, which had been published by WikiLeaks. He said I'm a genius.
In the same news conference, Trump called on Russian Federation to find and release Clinton's emails.