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Reporter Says Trump Kissed Her During Campaign

| by Lauren Briggs

MSNBC host Katy Tur said in a book detailing her experiences covering President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign that he left her feeling uncomfortable and worried about her safety and the credibility of her career on several occasions -- but there was little she could do about it.

During one such incident, Tur, the MSNBC reporter assigned to the entirety of Trump's campaign, said that he greeted her by kissing her on the cheek, which she said she felt was wildly inappropriate, according to AOL News.

"Before I know what's happening, his hands are on my shoulders and his lips are on my cheek," Tur recalled of the encounter in her book, "Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History," which was released on Sept. 12, notes AOL. "My eyes widen. My body freezes. My heart stops."

The moment happened shortly before Trump, then a presidential candidate, appeared on a segment of MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"F**k," Tur wrote of her reaction. "I hope the cameras didn't see that. My bosses are never going to take me seriously."

Tur said that Trump's treatment of her frequently fluctuated between glowingly affectionate and downright hostile. At a few different campaign events and press conferences, Trump called her out by name, chastising her for her critical reports of him and calling her "little Katy," according to USA Today.

Tur wrote that these occurrences led to Trump's supporters threatening her life, calling her stupid and ugly and saying that she got her job by sleeping with people.

"My heart stops," Tur described of one moment when Trump mentioned her by name and said that she was spreading lies, days after she commented on the president's so-called Muslim ban. "My lungs clench….I force a laugh...I throw in a wave for good measure. But inside I'm terrified. Men are standing on their chairs to get a look at me. They want to see me as they jeer."

In the prologue, Tur says that Trump put her life in danger and created a "menacing, indecent, post-truth landscape," according to MSNBC.

But the president sees it differently.

On Sept. 12, Trump released a tweet that many believe to be about either Tur's memoir or another that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton released at the same time, titled, "What Happened" -- or perhaps both.

"Fascinating to watch people writing books and major articles about me and yet they know nothing about me [and] have zero access," he wrote on Twitter. #FAKE NEWS!"

Sources: AOL NewsUSA TodayMSNBC, Donald J. Trump/Twitter / Featured Image: nrkbeta/Flickr / Embedded Images: Marc Nozell/Flickrnrkbeta/Flickr

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