Sacha Baron Cohen responded on social media Saturday to Donald Trump's assessment that the actor is creepy, phony and not funny.
"Donald — I appreciate the free publicity for Borat! I admit, I don’t find you funny either," wrote Cohen 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!"
This came after Trump was asked by reporters on Friday night whether he had seen Rudy Giuliani's appearance in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, in a scene where he is shown in a compromising position with actor Maria Bakalova's character Tutar, and if he was worried about security breaches.
White House bureau chief Steve Herman reported the president's response on Twitter, writing that Trump answered, "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." He continued, "And I don’t find him funny. I don’t know anything about him other than he tried to scam me. He came in as a BBC – British broadcasting anchor." The President then said, "To me, he was a creep. Thank you all."
Trump has yet to respond to Cohen's tweet below, though the tweet is being rapidly retweeted and commented on by Twitter users.
Donald—I appreciate the free publicity for Borat! I admit, I don’t find you funny either. 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!https://t.co/itWnhJ8TQF
— Sacha Baron Cohen (@SachaBaronCohen) October 24, 2020
This is not the first time that an interaction has occurred between Cohen and Trump. In 2018, Cohen trolled Trump after he referred to the actor as a "third-grade character" who "needs to learn about funny."
The Borat star, who once interviewed Trump in character as Ali G, has been vocal about his feelings for Trump, writing an op-ed for Time Magazine about how Trump's presidency has brought about the rise of antisemitism, white supremacy and conspiracy theories.
He wore a bulletproof vest while crashing a far-right rally in Washington state for a scene in the Borat sequel, and said he feared for his life.