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Joe Scarborough says he met with Trump, but not at party

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/3/2017
FILE - In this April 11, 2012 file photograph taken by AP Images for The Hollywood Reporter, 'Morning Joe' host Joe Scarborough arrives at The Hollywood Reporter 35 Most Powerful People in Media event in New York. On "Morning Joe" Tuesday, Scarborough reiterated his stance that he didn’t attend a New Year’s Eve party at President-elect Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago estate in Florida despite a photo that appeared to show him standing with Trump near revelers.(Evan Agostini/AP Images for The Hollywood Reporter, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this April 11, 2012 file photograph taken by AP Images for The Hollywood Reporter, 'Morning Joe' host Joe Scarborough arrives at The Hollywood Reporter 35 Most Powerful People in Media event in New York. On "Morning Joe" Tuesday, Scarborough reiterated his stance that he didn’t attend a New Year’s Eve party at President-elect Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago estate in Florida despite a photo that appeared to show him standing with Trump near revelers.(Evan Agostini/AP Images for The Hollywood Reporter, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — MSNBC host Joe Scarborough says he was at President-elect Donald Trump's Mar-A-Lago estate in Florida during a New Year's Eve party to talk to Trump, but didn't attend the festivities.

The former Republican congressman battled reporters over the weekend on Twitter who said he attended the party. A photo shows him standing with Trump near revelers.

Scarborough said Tuesday on "Morning Joe" that he talked to Trump for about 15 minutes, but "away from the party."

He said in a tweets Sunday that the photo was taken at a spot the U.S. Secret Service directed him to ahead of his meeting with Trump, in which they discussed a possible interview.

He said he and co-host Mike Brzezinski were at the estate about 7 p.m. and left before "any 'partying' began."

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