Cohen had previously served as a pageant host, until Trump decided to host the Miss Universe contest in Russia. In response, the Watch What Happens Live host penned a letter to Trump expressing his feelings on the matter. “I said, ‘I’m not comfortable because all these laws have passed in Russia,’ ” Cohen said during an EW SiriusXM Town Hall appearance for The Jess Cagle Interview. “[The letter continued,] ‘I feel not truthful standing up there talking about what a great place Russia is, as a gay man, and would you consider moving it?’ “
But when news broke that the Bravo producer had refused to go to Russia for the gig, Trump responded — just not to Cohen’s request. “[He] called Page Six and told them that I had never been offered the job,” recalls Cohen, 48.
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However, Cohen says he’s not “rooting against” Trump. “I hope that we can all come together,” he explains. “I want to him to succeed because if he succeeds, our country succeeds, and I hope he gets jobs for everybody.”
Cohen then added that he wants Trump to make things better for “the people for whom life is not good.” However, he does draw the line at having his civil liberties taken away: “That’s when I’m going to have a problem. That’s where I’m at. I just don’t want him to be a bigot. I think they need to take his Twitter away.”