KRASNOGORSK, Russia (AP) — Ahead of the World Cup, Russian billionaire Aras Agalarov is reminiscing about his time with Donald Trump.
Agalarov was at Saturday’s opening of a World Cup broadcast center at his Crocus exhibition venue near Moscow, where Trump staged the Miss Universe beauty contest in 2013.
Agalarov says “I just want to remind you that before this there was a significant event at Crocus … there was Miss Universe under the management of Mr. Trump, who is now the president of the United States of America.”
Speaking alongside FIFA president Gianni Infantino, Agalarov joked “I reckon that Mr. President (Infantino) also has the potential to be president of some country.”
Agalarov’s ties to Trump have come under scrutiny in the U.S. amid investigations into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
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