Former President Donald Trump angered an NBC News correspondent this spring and ordered him thrown off his plane for asking about his ongoing secret money investigation.
The incident would have occurred on March 25, according to vanity fair, and was the result of repeated questioning by NBC’s Vaughn Hillyard about the case which was nearing an indictment at the time. The former president would go on to be charged with 32 criminal counts of falsifying business records to conceal a secret money scheme.
According to the audio obtained by vanity fairHillyard questioned Trump during a group aboard “Trump Force One” while it was ashore in Waco, Texas, following the president’s rally there on March 25. After suggestions that he was growing frustrated or anxious about the investigation, Trump became visibly outraged and ordered Hillyard to stop asking questions.
“We didn’t do anything wrong… This is fake news, and NBC is one of the worst. Don’t ask me any more questions,” Trump said.
But Hillyard returned to questions about 10 minutes after the informal meeting, according to vanity Fair, which provoked the wrath of the former president.
“I don’t want to talk to you… do you hear me? You’re not a nice guy,” Trump said. When Hillyard pressed his line of questioning again, the president barked, “Okay, come on, get him out of here…Get out of here. Get out of here.”