Trump campaign manager: We have not 'formally' invited and 'don't expect' ex-Bill Clinton mistress to be at debate

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Donald Trump will not formally invite a woman who former President Bill Clinton admitted to having an affair with decades ago to this week's presidential debate, his campaign manager said on Sunday.

The Republican presidential nominee on Saturday threatened to invite Gennifer Flowers to Monday's presidential debate at Hofstra University following Hillary Clinton's decision to invite billionaire investor and Trump-agitator Mark Cuban to the debate.

But in an interview on "State of the Union," Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said the Trump campaign had not formally invited Flowers to the debate in Long Island, New York, and mocked the Clinton campaign for being "baited" into responding to Trump's threat.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 23: Gennifer Flowers (R) blows a kiss to talk show host Larry King (L) during her live interview on CNN's Larry King Live show in Hollywood, CA 23 January. According to reports leaked to the press, US President Bill Clinton admitted during a deposition in the Paula Jones investigation to having an affair with Flowers while he was governor of Arkansas. (Photo credit should read RENE MACURA/AFP/Getty Images)
Former White House intern Monica S. Lewinsky is shown in three photos taken from her freshman, sophmore and junior yearbooks at Beverly Hills High School in Beverly Hills, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 21, 1998. Whitewater prosecutors have expanded their investigation to determine whether President Clinton had an affair with Lewinsky and tried to get her to lie about it in an affidavit she gave in Paula Jones' sexual harassment lawsuit. (AP Photo/HO)
Dolly Kyle Browning poses in Dallas on Feb. 5, 1998. Mrs. Browning, a longtime female acquaintance of President Clinton, who previously said the two had a sexual relationship, has contended in a lawsuit that Clinton and associates took action to prevent her from publishing a "semi-autobiographical" novel. The lawsuit was filed Monday in U.S. District Court while the president was testifying by closed-circuit television to a federal grand jury in the Monica Lewinsky investigation. (AP Photo/Ron Heflin, File)
Former Miss America Elizabeth Ward poses with her Miss Arkansas crown in Hot Springs, Ark., on July, 13, 1981. Ward, now Elizabeth Ward Gracen, told the New York Daily News that she had consensual sex with Bill Clinton when he served as Arkansas governor. (AP Photo/File)
Former beauty queen Sally Perdue of Houston, Texas, announces plan Wed. May 16, 1990 to become the first American to run the length of the Great Wall of China. The 1958 Miss Arkansas said in 1992 that she had had an affair with Clinton in 1983. She claimed that she had been warned not to go public by a Democratic Party official. (AP Photo/str-Le Jen Chen)
An emotional Paula Jones takes a moment to compose herself as she addresses the media at a news conference in Dallas, Thursday, April 16, 1998. Jones and her attorneys will ask an appeals court to reverse a judge's dismissal of her lawsuit and force President Clinton to stand trial for sexual harassment. (AP Photo/Ron Heflin)
Friends of Juanita Broaddrick protest on the sidewalk in front of Hillary Rodham Clinton's campaign headquarters in New York, Aug. 19, 2000. The group protested Mrs. Clinton's lack of response to Broaddrick's allegation that she was raped in 1978 by then Arkansas Attorney General Bill Clinton. (AP Photo/Ed Bailey)
Former White House volunteer Kathleen Willey speaks about her relationship with President Bill Clinton, May 11, 1999 in Washington, DC on the television show 'Hardball' with Chris Mathews. On September 21, 2000, Willey, now known as Kathleen Willey Schwicker, announced that she is suing Clinton, First Lady Hillary Clinton and other White House personnel for violations of privacy and civil rights. (Photo by Michael Smith/Newsmakers)
The emergence of former White House intern Monica Lewinsky, second from left in this combination picture, into the political spot light this week, has cast doubts on the character of President Clinton. The situations of other women, which have also raised questions on Clinton's character, are Gennifer Flowers, left, Paula Jones, third from left, and Kathleen Willey. (AP Photo)

"Basically, Mr. Trump was saying look, if Mark Cuban is going to send out these texts saying 'The Humbling at Hofstra,' and 'This is his big downfall,' then Mr. Trump was putting them on notice that we can certainly invite guests that make it into the head of Hillary Clinton," Conway said.

She added: "But we have not invited her formally, and we don't expect her to be there as a guest of the Trump campaign."

Clinton's campaign criticized Trump on Saturday for inviting Flowers, with whom former President Bill Clinton admitted having "sexual relations" with at least once when he was attorney general of Arkansas during the 1970's.

"Hillary Clinton plans on using the debate to discuss the issues that make a difference in people's lives. It's not surprising that Donald Trump has chosen a different path," Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri said in a statement.

Flowers, who is supporting Trump, previously told the New York Times that she would be at the debate, though it was unclear whether she had received a formal invitation or was simply responding to Trump's tweet.

For his part, Cuban has proved deft at getting under Trump's skin.

After Trump slammed the Dallas Mavericks owner and threatened to invite Flowers to Monday's debate, Cuban fired back with background information on a private call between the two outspoken businessmen.

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