Harry Hurt III, who wrote a 1993 biography that was critical of Trump, said the president-elect told him to leave his Florida golf course.
Hurt wrote the 1993 book Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump which revealed that Trump’s ex-wife, Ivana Trump, had accused him of “rape” in a sworn deposition during their divorce proceedings. Ivana Trump walked back the allegation at the time of the book’s publishing, saying she did not want her words to be “interpreted in a literal or criminal sense.”
Hurt said that he approached Trump at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach on Friday to congratulate him, according to an account posted on Hurt’s Facebook page, first reported by Politico. Hurt was set to play with billionaire Republican donor David. H. Koch and three others.
“I said, ‘Congratulations, sir,’ and shook his hand,” Hurt’s post read. “Trump said, ‘You were rough on me, Harry. Really rough. That shit you wrote.’”
According to Hurt’s post, he then looked Trump in the eye and said, “‘It’s all true,’ to which Trump rejoined, ‘Not in the way you wrote it.””
Hurt said that Trump told him it was “inappropriate” for him to play at his golf club and had his security detail escort him, Koch, and their other playing partners to the parking lot.
Hurt said that he had crossed paths with the president-elect twice before. He said he had an “amicable conversation” when he met Trump in 2015 at the same golf course where he joked about his knickers — traditional golf attire — with Trump who “laughed” and told him to “enjoy the golf course.”
He also said that Trump had once emailed him in 2007 or 2008, responding to Hurt’s review of the Emerald Dunes Golf Club with a note, saying, “My course is much better. You should come play it.”
Hurt said that after congratulating Trump on Friday, he “launched into a diatribe that I had been rough on him” and “used an expletive to describe the content of my book.”
“The book has been out for 23 years,” Hurt told CNN. “I expected him to act presidential and act like a gentleman.”
Hurt said that although he was the only one asked to leave the golf course, his other companions, including Koch, said they would leave with him.
“I offered to take an Uber because we had all come in the same car,” Hurt said. “David [Koch] and our other companion said no, no, we’ll go with you.”
He said “there was security around all of us as we went to the parking lot, but it was me that they were really escorting off the property, not the other players.”
A spokesperson for Koch told BuzzFeed News that Koch was not present during the exchange between Hurt and Trump and neither was he asked to leave.
“Upon hearing about the interaction, [Koch] felt it best for the entire group to depart together,” the spokesperson said. “Trump International is Mr. Koch’s favorite course, and he looks forward to returning again soon.”
An unidentified transition official told Politico that Hurt was “trying to instigate” and that the course security had to “go and tap him on the shoulder and tell him to leave.”
Hurt said that Trump had “made signs of mending fences, burying hatches,” citing his recent interactions with Mitt Romney.
“I do expect, though, Donald will continue to exhibit the erratic behavior that he has exhibited for his entire life, and I think this is just another example of it,” Hurt said.
Hurt and Trump’s transition team did not respond to BuzzFeed News’ request for comment.
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