In a newly leaked audio recording from a party in November, after the election, then President-Elect Donald Trump is heard bragging to guests about his interviews on the golf club’s premises.
The recording takes place at Trump’s New Jersey golf club where he held many of the initial interviews and meetings in the days following his election victory.
“We’re doing a lot of interviews tomorrow — generals, dictators, we have everything,” Trump says in the recording obtained by Politico. “You may wanna come around. It’ll be fun. We’re really working tomorrow. We have meetings every 15, 20 minutes with different people that will form our government.”
“We’re going to be interviewing everybody. Treasury, we’re going to be interviewing Secretary of State. We have everybody coming in, if you want to come around, it’s going to be unbelievable … so you might want to come along,” he added.
At one point, Trump invites his now Chief of Staff to come to the front of the room where Trump was speaking. “Come here, Reince, come up here. These members are loaded, Reince. Listen, he will work the room for campaign contributions.”
The tape gives a glimpse into how Trump conducts himself at his clubs, like the one that he calls the “Winter White House,” Mar-a-Lago, where he has been going to for each of the first three weekends of his presidency.
This is not the first time that there has been controversy regarding the subject. Last weekend, Trump came under considerable criticism for handling issues relating to the North Korea ballistic missile launch in the dining room with guests and waitstaff watching and taking pictures. The matter raised so many eyebrows that the House Oversight Committee Chair Jason Chaffetz has announced that his committee will open an investigation into the matter.
One guest even took a picture with and identified by name, the aide who is responsible for carrying what is called the nuclear “football,” the black bag that follows the President which contains the nuclear codes.