According to an audio recording leaked to Vanity Fair, Trump snapped at a journalist from NBC News who kept bugging him with questions about Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg's charges against him in connection with hush money payments made to a porn star, Stormy Daniels, ahead of the '16 election.
Fox News reported, citing Vanity Fair, that Trump purportedly confiscated an NBC reporter's phone and requested his removal from his campaign plane after being asked repeatedly about Bragg's case.
During an informal press gathering aboard Trump Force One, Trump grew enraged at NBC News reporter Vaughn Hillyard. The heated altercation reportedly occurred on March 25, after Trump's campaign rally in Waco, Texas.
According to the report by Vanity Fair, Hillyard's observation that Trump seemed "frustrated" by Bragg's criminal inquiry, which stoked an angry response.
“I’m not frustrated by anything,” Trump reportedly said.
“What am I, frustrated? I just did a speech for two hours. I’m not frustrated by it. It’s a fake investigation. We did nothing wrong. I told you that. … It’s the exact opposite. This is fake news, and NBC is one of the worst at it. Don’t ask me any more questions,” he continued.
“I heard you’re a nice guy from NBC, but you’re not,” Trump added.
It was almost a half-hour before Hillyard dared to ask another question, and again, it was reportedly related to Bragg’s case.
“I don’t want to talk to you. You’re not a nice guy,” Trump said.
As the NBC correspondent continued to ask, “a frustrated Trump reportedly grabbed the reporter’s two phones from the table in front of him and tossed them to the side, a source familiar with the matter told Vanity Fair,” Fox News reported.
Trump can also be heard on the audio demanding to aides: “Get him out of here.”
If anyone was expecting the former president's relationship with the media to improve during this next White House run, they should disabuse themselves of it.