'What just happened with the President?': '60 Minutes' airs Lesley Stahl's contentious Trump interview

'What just happened with the President?': '60 Minutes' airs Lesley Stahl's contentious Trump interview

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President Donald Trump released 38 minutes of his contentious “60 Minutes” interview with Lesley Stahl on his Facebook page Thursday, calling it “fake and biased.” The news program aired its interview Sunday night, delving into the question of why Trump abruptly cut off the White House interview.

Stahl seemed surprised when the visibly vexed Trump did not return for a planned second portion of the sit-down interview, a “60 Minutes” tradition with major party presidential and vice presidential candidates, prior to the Nov. 3 election. 

Instead, Vice President Mike Pence came alone to sit with Stahl for the remainder of the interview in the White House Roosevelt Room and explain the president’s absence.

“What just happened with the president?” Stahl asked Pence.

“President Trump is a man who speaks his mind, it’s one of the great strengths that he’s had as president of the United States, that the American people know where they stand,” Pence said in explanation. “It’s less about the back-and-forth with the media, and it’s more about how we bring the country all the way back.”

‘You’re discrediting yourself’: Trump releases ’60 Minutes’ tape of contentious interview with Lesley Stahl

Stahl led off the Sunday evening broadcast promising to answer, “What happened when the president left the room,” adding that she had hoped the interview would be “more productive.” 

The exchange, as seen in the video excerpts that Trump released, was fraught from the first moments.

“Are you ready for some tough questions?” Stahl asked the president as he sat down and adjusted his suit.

“You’re going to be fair. Just be fair,” Trump responded. 

“You will get fairness,” Stahl said.

The first question was about COVID-19: “We have a pandemic on your watch, we’ve had racial strife, we’ve had looting. Why do you want this job, why do you want to be president again?” Stahl asked.

Trump eventually referred to that line of inquiry as “such a misleading question” and continued a refrain of claiming Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, also interviewed by “60 Minutes,” received “softball after softball” in past interviews.

With each interview topic – from his promised health care plan, to Trump campaign rally chants of “lock her up” over former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton – Trump could be seen growing more agitated. During a discussion on mask-wearing at his campaign events, Stahl said the president was not encouraging safe conduct and that his events were less crowded than in the past.

President Trump cut short an interview with '60 Minutes' correspondent Lesley Stahl and leaked the session before its Oct. 25 airing.

“You just come in here with that negative attitude. These are the biggest rallies we’ve ever had,” said Trump, who eventually insisted on moving on with, “What’s your next question?”

The final exchange dealt with Trump’s use of the term “fake news,” which Stahl said was simply to unfairly discredit the media to the public.

“I don’t have to discredit you, you discredit yourself,” Trump said.

“I didn’t want to have this kind of angry …” Stahl said before getting cut off.

“Of course you did,” said Trump. “You brought up a lot of subjects that were inappropriately brought up.”

When a “60 Minutes” producer broke in to discuss time, Trump called a halt to the interview.

“I think we have enough of an interview here, that’s enough. Let’s go,” said Trump, who exited so quickly that Stahl had to advise him to “be careful” about the low-hanging TV lights.

Stahl said Sunday that Trump and Pence were going to sit down together and speak, and that she and the president were due to walk around the White House grounds. But instead of Trump returning, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany brought a massive folder, calling it the president’s health care plan.

Stahl noted the folder was “filled with executive orders, congressional initiatives, but no comprehensive health plan.” 

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