The actress playing Sacha Baron Cohen’s daughter in the new “Borat” movie gained access to the White House last month, and came within feet of US President Donald Trump and met his son earlier this year, according to footage posted online Friday from an official account linked to the film.
In the clip posted on Twitter, actress Maria Bakalova appears to be in the same room at an event with the US president.
Additionally, she was interviewed at the White House by a correspondent for the One America News Network, a far-right channel often praised by Trump and known for broadcasting unproven conspiracy theories as well as asking the president softball questions in press conferences.
“No need for security checks or COVID tests,” says Borat in a voiceover, before mocking the network.
Trump very careful who he let into his events and house. No Covid test necessary – High 5! pic.twitter.com/Kf5gGk3n2M
— Borat (@BoratSagdiyev) October 23, 2020
According to the clip, the actress was interviewed by OANN correspondent Chanel Rion at the White House on September 20.
It was not clarified if Bakalova gained access to the White House via OANN or was there independently, or if she underwent any security or health checks.
“Why is all of the fake journalists for the left, and none on the right?” Bakalova asks Rion. Rion’s response is not shown in the clip.
The Daily Mail reported that additional footage from the clip came from when Bakalova attended a reception in Phoenix, Arizona and shook hands with Donald Trump Jr. at the CPAC conservative conference, both in February.
The footage is not featured in the movie “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan”), which was released on Amazon Prime Video on October 23.
Trolling those close to Trump is a central theme of the new “Borat” film, a sequel to the 2006 mockumentary that saw Baron Cohen’s character travel the United States, espousing sexist, racist and anti-Semitic views, and eliciting similar responses from unwitting subjects.
Trump said Friday he was not a fan of Baron Cohen — even before a clip from the British comedian’s movie forced the US president’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani into an awkward explanation.
Asked about the clip — which shows Giuliani in a faked “interview” with an attractive and flirtatious young woman, also played by Bakalova — while speaking to journalists aboard Air Force One, Trump said: “I don’t know what happened.”
“But years ago, you know, he tried to scam me. And I was the only one who said no way. That’s a phony guy. And I don’t find him funny.”
Trump said the incident happened about 15 years ago.
“To me, he was a creep,” Trump said.
The president did not provide further details about that encounter, but in a 2003 interview, Baron Cohen — playing the wannabe gangster Ali G — pitched a business venture to Trump: special gloves for eating ice cream.
Before the new Borat film’s release, word of Baron Cohen’s latest outrageous ambushes on unsuspecting participants had spread like wildfire.
On Wednesday, Giuliani issued an angry denial over the fake interview.
In the film, the encounter appears to leave the 76-year-old former New York mayor in a compromising situation, caught with his hands down his pants in the bedroom.
Giuliani said the scene was “a complete fabrication.”
“I was tucking in my shirt after taking off the recording equipment. At no time before, during, or after the interview was I ever inappropriate,” he tweeted.
“If Sacha Baron Cohen implies otherwise, he is a stone-cold liar.”
The comedian continued to poke fun at Giuliani.
In a video posted on social media, Borat himself leapt to his defense and accused the “fake news media” — a term often used by Trump and his supporters — of turning an “innocent” encounter into “something disgusting.”
Baron Cohen has made a history of poking fun at conservative figures. For his 2018 Showtime series “Who Is America,” the British comedian got former vice president Dick Cheney to sign a waterboarding kit. A sketch with former Alabama chief justice Roy Moore involved the comedian administering a “pedophile test.” Moore has sued over the encounter.