President-elect Donald Trump kicked a critical biographer off his golf course on Dec. 30.
The incident involved Harry Hurt, who wrote “Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump” in 1993, according to CNN.
Hurt said he approached Trump on the course to congratulate him on his election victory.
“Trump said, ‘You were rough on me, Harry. Really rough. That s*** you wrote’,” Hurt said, according to CNN.
Hurt added that he “looked Trump in the eye, and said, ‘It’s all true,’ to which Trump responded, ‘Not in the way you wrote it’.”
According to a Trump transition team official speaking to Politico, the President-elect told Hurt, “You’re out of here.”
Other members of Hurt’s group were David Koch, the billionaire Republican donor, and John Damgard, another Republican supporter.
“We were on the putting green,” Damgard added. “Harry came and said ‘Mr. Trump doesn’t want us to play.’ We went to a different place.”
Damgard had no problem with the action taken by Trump.
“Obviously it was something he didn’t like. It is his golf course and it certainly it is his right” to kick someone off, Damgard added.
Hurt was less satisfied with the President-elect’s response.
“Donald will continue to exhibit the erratic behavior he has exhibited his entire life,” Hurt told CNN.
The author sought to strike a more conciliatory tone in an interview with Politico.
He said that he approached Trump “out of courtesy and respect for the office of the President of the United States … I support the office of the President of the United States and I sincerely hope that Donald Trump will look after the interests of the United States with the same passion as he has looked after his business interests heretofore.”
However, a Trump transition official accused Hurt of “trying to instigate” and of looking for publicity.
“The courtesy would have been to just tee off with David Koch and keep to yourself. He could have easily teed off with Koch, and nobody would have said anything,” the official told Politico.
“The course security actually had to go and tap him on the shoulder and tell him to leave,” the official added.
Damgard questioned some aspects of the incident as told by the Trump transition official.
“We had no interaction with security,” he said.
Sources: CNN, Politico/ photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikicommons