Donald Trump Weighs in on Miss Universe Mix-up

Trump jumped to the defense of host Steve Harvey.

ByABC News
December 21, 2015, 8:54 AM

— -- Donald Trump said he would have named two Miss Universe winners had the mix-up happened on his watch.

"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:

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."