Katy Tur’s first sitdown interview with presidential wannabe Donald Trump was a tad awkward. In “Unbelievable,” her upcoming book about the Trump campaign, the NBC reporter says that after shaking hands with the New York developer, she went to take a seat to start the interview.
“Don’t you want a picture?” Trump asked in a tone that betrayed surprise that Tur (inset) hadn’t already asked. Tur says the request made her awkward, as she didn’t want a photo and didn’t want to seem like a fangirl to her NBC bosses who were watching the live feed.
Tur reluctantly agreed to the photo.
The interview appeared to go well, but when it concluded Trump immediately began yelling that NBC better air the lengthy interview in full. “If you don’t,” he threatened, “we have cameras in here: We’ll release the full footage!” Trump, who she described as orange marmalade in hue, then hissed that Tur stumbled three times and added, “You’ll never be President!”
Bizarrely, Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks interjected, “He’s a presidential candidate. You can’t speak like that to a presidential candidate. It isn’t respectful.” Tur writes that campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, whom she had previously never heard of, came and also told her that she was “unprofessional.”
Tur also writes about meeting a senior Trump aide about a week after her contentious interview for a drink. The unnamed, married staffer ends their friendly meeting with a question: “Where can I go to meet thirtysomething single women?” After that, he would call at late hours, making nasty comments about the appearance of Tur’s female colleagues.
When the Trump campaign sent water bottles to “sweaty Marco” Rubio, Tur texted the staffer to confirm it. “You need some?” she says he responded. “I’m sure you get all sweaty sometimes too.”
Later, at a campaign stop in Waterloo, Iowa, he allegedly bragged to Tur and an NBC producer about all the women who would want to sleep with him when he became Trump’s White House chief of staff. (Earlier, the aide had given his boss a one in 10 chance of just making it to the convention).
The 33-year-old Tur says one of her favorite stories from the campaign trail came from a correspondent who received a call from a Trump aide asking to go off the record. When given the all-clear, the staffer said “Great. Off the record: Mr. Trump wants you to go f— yourself.’”
“Unbelievable” will be out Sept. 12.