Trump kicks biographer off his golf course
President-elect Donald Trump ran into one of his most critical biographers while golfing Friday on his course in Florida, Politico reported.
Trump reportedly asked Harry Hurt III, who wrote “Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump” in 1993, to leave after Hurt offered Trump congratulations on his presidential victory.
The book sparked a feud between the two, as it included Ivana Trump’s accusations that Trump had raped her, an allegation Trump has repeatedly denied.
According to Politico’s report, Trump criticized Hurt’s biography on the golf course, leading to a heated exchange Hurt shared on Facebook, which Politico said a transition official confirmed.
Hurt said in his account of the incident on Facebook that security escorted him off the course. But another member of the golfing group alongside Hurt and billionaire donor David Koch said that they were unaware of the exchange.
“Harry just said he had been asked to leave,” said GOP donor John M. Damgard, who was golfing in the group. “I thought he was kidding. And then I learned that there had been some previous bad blood between them from back in the ’90s apparently.”
A Koch associate told Politico that when Hurt returned from his exchange with Trump, he offered to take an Uber home so the others could finish their golf game.
“And David said, ‘No, we came as a foursome and we’ll leave as a foursome,’” the Koch associate told Politico.
A transition official told Politico that Hurt seemed as if he were “trying to instigate” something throughout the situation, also suggesting it was a publicity stunt on Hurt’s part.
The foursome including Koch left and reportedly played at another golf course.
Koch and Trump met at Mar-A-Lago last week. The exchange Friday comes on the heels of the Koch brothers’ decision to sit out the 2016 presidential race.