For a little more than eight minutes, President Donald Trump spoke one-on-one with KELOLAND News.
However, it took a few days to make all that happen.
Brady Mallory and chief photographer Kevin Kjergaard had the rare opportunity to interview the president.
Here’s a behind the scenes look at that experience.
President Trump walked into this room at the Convention Center, said hello, and I asked my first question.
There’s a lot you didn’t see.
Our day began on the tarmac at the South Dakota Air National Guard. While the rest of our team was on this platform, we were on the ground waiting for Air Force One to land.
Chief photographer Kevin Kjergaard and I were part of the press pool motorcade that followed President Trump throughout his entire visit here.
A White House staffer told us to be prepared to move fast. She said when she ran, we had better keep up or we’d get left behind.
She wasn’t kidding.
Once the president greeted Governor Dennis Daugaard and a group of supporters he got in his car, and we got on a bus that took us to the Convention Center.
If you think security is tight here during a concert, look at this.
A line of armed guardsmen and secret service agents greeted us as we walked into the event. Needless to say, it’s all a bit intimidating.
Finally, after lots of running and waiting, the big interview was here.
After talking about farmers, tariffs, the economy, and more…the president shook my hand and got ready for his speech.
That’s when Kevin got to go where many photographers don’t.
He was able to follow the president backstage, and get a front row seat to his speech.
Then it was back on the bus, and back to the air guard base.
President Trump boarded Air Force One and left the same way he arrived. All of this happened in a matter of just a few hours.
Brady and Kevin only found out they’d be interviewing President Trump the day before.
The White House called both on Wednesday evening, letting them know they’d have one-on-one access. To watch the full interview click on the video below.