The Trump campaign has said that it did not invite Gennifer Flowers, a woman who claimed she had an affair with former president Bill Clinton in the early 1990s, to the first debate on Monday night.
Vice presidential candidate Mike Pence and Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway confirmed Flowers wouldn’t be there. The speculation was prompted after Donald Trump tweeted: “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!”
“Gennifer Flowers will not be attending the debate tomorrow night,” Pence said on Fox News Sunday.
Flowers responded on Twitter, saying she would attend. “Hi Donald. You know I’m in your corner and will definitely be at the debate!” she wrote.
Pence said Trump was trying to poke fun at Clinton with the tweet.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2016
Pence said Trump was attempting “to mock an effort by Hillary Clinton and her campaign to really distract attention from where the people—the American people are going to be focused tomorrow night, which is on the issues, it’s on the choice that we face.”