President Trump suffered through an interview with Lesley Stahl on ‘60 Minutes’ that showcased the hatred and rudeness most mainstream media projects towards the Commander in Chief. He has decided to release an unedited version of the interview before CBS airs the segment on Sunday night, showing how she repeatedly interrupted him and attempted to argue.
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Stahl was acting “more like an opinion journalist,” reports Fox News.
“I will soon be giving a first in television history, full, unedited preview of the vicious attempted ‘takeout’ interview of me by Lesley Stahl of @60Minutes,” Trump wrote. “Watch her constant interruptions & anger. Compare my full, flowing and ‘magnificently brilliant’ answers to their ‘Q’s.’”
I will soon be giving a first in television history full, unedited preview of the vicious attempted “takeout” interview of me by Lesley Stahl of @60Minutes. Watch her constant interruptions & anger. Compare my full, flowing and “magnificently brilliant” answers to their “Q’s”. https://t.co/L3szccGamP
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2020
A few hours later, Trump’s Facebook page released the footage, reports Fox News.
At the beginning of the interview, reporter Stahl asked the president if he was ready for “tough questions.”
He replied he only wanted the questions to “be fair.”
“You don’t ask Biden tough questions,” said the president. “It’s terrible. You know that.
“Stahl retorted that the revelations regarding Joe and Hunter Biden from Hunter’s laptop “can’t be verified.”
Trump then responded by asking why not, and Stahl replied: “Because it can’t be verified.” (In fact, the laptop contents were verified by law enforcement officials, Fox News, and the New York Post.)
This exchange between Trump and Lesley Stahl is insane. She repeatedly insists the Biden laptops “can’t be verified” so reporters shouldn’t talk about it.
Trump asks her why it can’t be verified.
Her answer: “Because it can’t be verified.” pic.twitter.com/cf9hcSGnrm
— Anders Hagstrom (@Hagstrom_Anders) October 22, 2020
During the interview, the president said, “I don’t have to discredit you. You’ve discredited yourself” to Stahl.
— Brent Baker (@BrentHBaker) October 22, 2020
CBS has released a preview of the interview, showing where the president and Stahl were at odds over the Trump administration’s economic strides before the CCP Virus pandemic.
“We created the greatest economy in the history of our country,” the president said before Stahl interjected, saying, “You know that’s not true.”
“Best unemployment numbers, best employment numbers… Highest stock market price. You wouldn’t say that to Biden, what you just said to me … We had the best—everything was the best,” said President Trump.
WATCH: President Trump was asked by @LesleyRStahl about his priorities—before cutting his interview short.@60Minutes has a history of asking tough questions of presidential candidates during the run-up to the election.
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) October 22, 2020
CBS released a statement to say the White House had made an “unprecedented decision to disregard their agreement with CBS News and release the footage.”
— Fin Gomez (@finnygo) October 22, 2020
At the end of the interview, the president said that Stahl “brought up a lot of subjects that were inappropriate … right from the beginning” and stressed he had been misled by Stahl when she “set up the interview.”
During the past few weeks, President Trump has lamented the media’s lack of coverage over the bombshell Hunter Biden laptop story.
Then, there’s the controversy surrounding C-SPAN host Steve Scully, who was scheduled to host the second presidential debate. He was caught lying about his Twitter account. He said it was hacked after a Twitter conversation with anti-Trumper, Anthony Scaramucci exposed him plotting to attack the President during the debate. It showed how the media cards are stacked against President Trump.
NBC News correspondent Kristen Welker is due to moderate the third debate in a few hours, and the president holds out little hope that she will be unbiased towards him.