The details of what's going on there are described, by Dylan Byers at CNN, in "Behind Trump's 'job interview' with Alicia Watkins."
Identifying herself as a 9/11 survivor and Afghanistan/Iraq war veteran, [Alicia] Watkins asked Trump if his new hotel in Washington would include a veterans employment program. Trump said it would, and asked her to come to the podium for a job interview.Oh! He commented on her looks: You look so smart and good.
"What are you looking for? What kind of a position? Come up here, you look so smart and good," Trump said. "Do you mind if I do a job interview right now?"
Watkins, who came to the stage wearing a media credential, told Trump that she did "design," "briefs" and "all kinds of decorations." Trump then passed her along to one of his aides, and told the crowd: "If we can make a good deal on a salary she's probably going to have a job."...I wonder if the whole thing wasn't planned and staged. In this C-SPAN clip of her talking to reporters afterwards, at 3:58 — for what it's worth — she says it wasn't planned.
Trump himself was asked about his exchange with Watkins after Monday's press conference.... "I felt good about her," Trump responded "I looked at and I have a gut instinct. We're allowed to have that. I looked at her. She asked a positive question.... She seemed like a good person to me."
There's a controversy about why Watkins had press credentials. In that C-SPAN clip, at 0:45, she's asked who she writes for, and she calls herself "a freelance artist." She says "I submit stories and submit like on posts and blogs and everything else." So... new media.
Can new media get press credentials? (Can I get press credentials?) I don't see what's wrong with a campaign deciding it wants to give bloggers press credentials and to let them ask questions. John McCain used to do conference phone calls with bloggers in his 2008 campaign. And new media is a big part of Trump's campaign.
But I can see why mainstream journalists like Byers would resist upstart intrusions into their profession... even as mainstream Republicans resist the upstart intrusion that is Trump.
And by the way, here's an article about Alicia Watkins from a year ago — pre-Trump campaign — in HuffPo/Oprah Winfrey Network:
Alicia Watkins is a retired Air Force staff sergeant who proudly served in Iraq and Afghanistan. She risked her life for the freedom of others, survived the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon, and watched her colleagues die. But it wasn’t any of her combat experiences that broke Watkins’ spirit; it was the fact that she retired from the military and found herself homeless....It's interesting to see Watkins and Karen Attiah (the woman in the previous post) — both black women in the field of journalism — going big in Trump media on the same day. Coincidence?
“I have traumatic brain injury, I have post-traumatic stress disorder, I have a spinal cord injury,” she says. “It’s a hard road. I would love to be able to work today. I have offers, I have people that are willing to help me, but they all have to take a backseat to my health. As much as I want to work, I have to acknowledge that I am a casualty of war.”