"What happened to the girl from Colombia is devastating," Trump said on the "Today" show. "I think I would make them co-winners. It would be very cool."
Steve Harvey, the host of the "Miss Universe" pageant, originally crowned Colombia's Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo as the winner before acknowledging he had made a mistake. Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of the Philippines was eventually crowned as the real winner. Harvey subsequently tweeted an apology to both the contestants and the show's viewers.
Trump, who sold Miss Universe after his partnership with NBC Universal controversially dissolved this fall, tweeted about the mishap this morning:
Very sad what happened last night at the Miss Universe Pageant. I sold it 6 months ago for a record price. This would never have happened!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 21, 2015
Trump acknowledged that incident was a "terrible error" but conceded that such mistakes can happen on live television. He praised Harvey, calling him "terrific" and a "great guy."