Donald Trump reportedly grabbed a reporter’s phone, tossed it away, and tried to have him removed from a plane after being asked questions about the Manhattan district attorney’s investigation into the former president, according to a recording obtained by Vanity Fair.
The raging outburst came after NBC News reporter Vaughn Hillyard asked Trump a series of questions following his campaign rally in Waco, Texas, on March 25. The questions about the Manhattan investigation appeared to irritate the former president, who grabbed the reporter’s two phones and chucked them to the side.
“This is fake news, and NBC is one of the worst at it. Don’t ask me any more questions,” Trump reportedly told Hillyard.
“Let’s go, get him out of here. Outta here! Outta here!” Trump told his aides, according to the recording.
Ahead of his Waco rally, Trump posted that he expected to be arrested in connection to Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s investigation into hush-money payments made to adult film star Stormy Daniels to cover up an alleged affair between her and the former president.
He urged his supporters on social media to protest his potential arrest, prompting concerns among lawmakers that protests could turn violent.
Trump was indicted on April 4 and pled guilty to 34 charges of falsifying business records, becoming the first president to be indicted on criminal charges.