We had been allotted two hours with the man who would, as we now know, go on to become America’s 45th President and we had him to ourselves — to interview him as we played a few holes of his stunning links course.
Two years previously, I had interviewed Trump in a cottage office on site, when the construction of the Scottish course was well underway but far from complete.
He was in no mood to back down and had no issue commanding the floor of the packed Parliament in Edinburgh to defend his views.
The following year he purchased the Doonbeg links on the Atlantic coast of mid-west Ireland and, prior to our latest feature on him, we had just returned from Dubai, where his new golf and property development with the DAMAC group was underway.
Trump was becoming a massive name in the golf world, mainly through acquisitions but, increasingly, with newer designs.
‘A savvy media operator’
I was interested to see how Trump’s Aberdeenshire course was looking and get a sense of what the man who was making all of this happen was like.
As ever, the ambitions were massive.
Upon arrival, it was clear the star attraction was on a very tight schedule. When I approached him on the porch of the temporary clubhouse to introduce myself, he was friendly but seemingly unaware of our appointment.
He made a quick appraisal of the situation and, within seconds, was…