Donald Trump made a phone call to MSNBC’s “Moring Joe” to make a bet with Lawrence O’Donnell, an MSNBC host who accused Trump of lying on his financial disclosure forms about his earnings on the NBC series “The Apprentice.”
Trump phoned in to make the bet after O’Donnell and “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough argued over Trump’ financial disclosure statement. The Federal Elections Commission requires presidential candidates to formally state their earnings. Trump had declared that he had earned almost $213 million from his 14 seasons hosting “The Apprentice.”
“It’s a lie, Joe. It’s a complete and total lie,” O’Donnell, host of MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell," told Scarborough.
“Let me explain something to you, Donald Trump didn’t even make a million dollars in his first year,” O’Donnell said.
He noted that Trump said in 2011 that he had made $130 million for two years hosting the show. He said, “NBC was forced to release a statement saying he’s lying. Trump has been one of the lowest-paid people to have an hour-long show.” He added, “Every actor on television, if you can name them, I guarantee you they made more money than Donald Trump.”
After about an hour, the show returned from a commercial break, and Scarborough told viewers that Trump had just phoned in to bet O’Donnell that his salary was correctly reported, saying, “This is a Trump challenge.”
Trump said he’d give O’Donnell one year of his salary if it turned out his claims could not be verified. O’Donnell, under Trump’s terms, would have to give one year of his salary if the reports are correct, reports The Hill.
By the time of Trump’s call, O’Donnell had left the show and could not respond, but he repeated his accusations on his Twitter page.
Trump has not yet mentioned the bet on his Twitter page, reports Newsmax.
Before Trump’s financial disclosures, some had questioned whether he would ever file the forms necessary to become a candidate in the presidential election. He did, and in the statement accompanying his personal financial disclosures, said he was worth more than $10 billion.