(AP) The Boss is questioning whether President-elect Donald Trump is ready to take office. best siteDuring an interview on Marc Marons WTF podcast released Monday, Bruce Springsteen said he questions whether Trump is simply competent enough to do this particular job. Springsteen is a high-profile Democrat and appeared with Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail. Springsteen says he understands how Trump got elected. He says the Republican played working class fears over a changing economy, increasing diversity and the Islamic State group. He tells Maron that he has felt disgust over elections before, but never, never the kind of fear that you feel now. Springsteen says he plans to do his best to play a very, very small part in trying to ensure America maintains its ideals. ( Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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Hurt says he replied that his book was all true (it reported, among other allegations , that Trumps ex-wife Ivana had accused him of rape in court documents pertaining to their divorce a claim she later recanted ). The testy exchange then ended with Trump telling Hurt, youre out of here (per the Trump transition official) and/or Trump telling Hurt it was inappropriate for him to be present at the course (per Hurt). The author then says he, David Koch, and the other members of their group were then escorted to the clubs parking lot by security personnel, and went on to play at the Emerald Dunes golf course instead, which is a much, much better golf course than Trump International, according to Hurt. He also said that Koch called Trump petty and vulgar on account of the incident. According to the unnamed Trump transition official who spoke with Politico, the exchange went as Hurt described it, but added that Hurt was trying to instigate a confrontation with Trump, suggesting that the author was looking for publicity. The official also said that Hurt didnt leave after he was told to, but rejoined his golfing group, and that course security actually had to go and tap him on the shoulder and tell him to leave, and after Koch protested, they told the billionaire GOP donor that he could either leave with Hurt or play without him. (Hurt said the reason they didnt immediately leave was because they had to collect their belongings, but that they werent forced out either.) According to Damgard, another golfer in the group, they never even interacted with club security, and just decided to depart together after hearing that Hurt had been told to leave though he added that Hurt didnt detail his exchange with Trump at the time. Damgard also said that Hurt had approached Trump because he was with a young lady who was a friend and he thought it would be fun to introduce her to the president-elect. He said he only learned of the bad blood between Trump and Hurt afterwards. According to one of David Kochs associates who was briefed on the incident and spoke with Politico, Hurt only went up to Trump as a courtesy. Koch is a member of Trumps golf club, and when Hurt, a longtime golfing buddy, offered to leave the group after the Trump incident so they could keep playing, Koch replied, No, we came as a foursome and well leave as a foursome. Damgard insisted that Koch would have tried to avoid the incident if he had known it were possible beforehand, since he loves golfing at Trumps club so much.
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