- Watch the moment President Trump cut short an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes.”
- The interview has repeatedly made headlines this week, with Trump referring to it during rallies and taking the unusual step of posting the entire exchange on social media before CBS had aired it.
- The president left the interview after chiding CBS reporter Lesley Stahl for asking him “tough” questions.
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CBS has broadcast the moments surrounding Donald Trump’s decision to cut short an interview with reporter Lesley Stahl, having become irritated by what she had promised would be “tough” questions.
The tense interview, broadcast Sunday, had been the subject of much discussion since it was recorded Tuesday, and especially after the president took the unusual step of uploading the entire interview to his Facebook page before CBS had aired it. The president said on Twitter that the full exchange showed the “bias, hatred, and rudeness on behalf of 60 Minutes and CBS.”
The interview was part of what CBS says has become an election-year tradition for “60 Minutes” of conversations with the Democratic and Republican candidates for president and vice-president.
In the CBS broadcast version of the clip, Stahl told viewers Sunday: “We had prepared to talk about the many issues facing the President. But in what has become an all-too public dust-up, the conversation was cut short. It began politely, but ended — regrettably — contentiously.”
The interview began with Stahl asking if Trump was comfortable with tough questions, and Trump replying that he wasn’t, telling Stahl instead that he wanted her to be “fair.”
The increasingly tense interview saw Stahl challenge the president on issues including the coronavirus, his rhetoric at campaign rallies, and his unproven accusations of corruption against Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
Trump then complained that Stahl “had brought up a lot of subjects that were inappropriately brought up, right from the beginning,” then once more objected to Stahl ‘s promise to ask him “tough” questions.
“Your first statement was, ‘Are you ready for tough questions?'” he said, adding: “That’s no way to talk.”
A “60 Minutes” producer then said that only five minutes remained in the interview before Trump turned to his advisor Hope Hicks and said: “I think we have enough of an interview here, Hope. OK? That’s enough. Let’s go. Let’s go meet for two seconds, OK?”
He left the room, after which Stahl said that she had “a lot of questions I didn’t ask” and waited to see if the president would return, which he did not.
Kayleigh McEnany, the White House Press Secretary, subsequently entered the room and presented Stahl with a large book which she said was his “healthcare plan.” According to CBS, the book was filled with existing legislation introduced under Trump as well as executive orders and the pages of a document called “America First Healthcare Plan.”
Watch the full exchange here:
—60 Minutes (@60Minutes) October 26, 2020