Sacha Baron Cohen thanks president for free publicity after Trump calls him a ‘creep’

David Matthews, New York Daily News

The return of Borat continues to be very nice.

The days in the lead up to the release of “Borat 2” (full title: “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan”) grew especially fevered when early reviews and clips from the film indicated Rudy Giuliani may have been caught in one of Borat’s famous stings doing something ranging somewhere between weird and criminal.

The film features a scene where Borat attempts to “gift” his daughter to Giuliani in an effort to curry favor with Trump. Giuliani has offered a range of defenses for his behavior in the film from “I was tucking in my shirt” to “this is payback for investigating the Biden criminal syndicate.”

“I just urge everyone to watch the movie, it is what it is," Baron Cohen said in response to Giuliani. "He did what he did.”

The fun continued after a second clip from the movie showed “Borat’s daughter” visiting the White House with an employee from OANN, a Trump friendly organization, leading to questions of security breaches.

Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One, President Trump offered a pretty tepid (for him) assessment of the comedian.

“Years ago, you know, he tried to scam me," Trump said. “That’s a phony guy. And I don’t find him funny.”

“To me he was a creep,” Trump said.

Baron Cohen shot back on Saturday and was kind enough to offer him work in future projects.

“Donald—I appreciate the free publicity for Borat! I admit, I don’t find you funny either,” Baron Cohen wrote on Twitter. “But yet the whole world laughs at you. I’m always looking for people to play racist buffoons, and you’ll need a job after Jan. 20. Let’s talk!”

“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” is currently streaming on Amazon.

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