‘60 Minutes’ Calls President Trump Leaked Interview ‘Unprecedented’

Henrietta Brewer
October 24, 2020

US President Donald Trump has released a video of his aborted interview with CBS News' Lesley Stahl that he claims shows her "constant interruptions and anger".

President Trump also took issue with Stahl's characterization that he was begging suburban women to vote for him.

On Thursday, a 38-minute clip of the interview was shared to Trump's Facebook page, alongside the comment, "Look at the bias, hatred and rudeness on behalf of 60 Minutes and CBS".

The president again seemed to criticise his attorney general, William Barr, for not more aggressively pursuing charges against Obama administration officials in the weeks before the campaign.

The journalist responded that she did not interview the former vice president, as Trump quickly corrected himself, claiming that he had watched "the interview with Joe". "It's defence against attacks".

"[My supporters] don't like to see rioting in the middle of 5th Avenue or in the middle of other streets in Portland or other places and they like it when their president gets the endorsement of virtually every police group and, frankly, nearly everybody having to do with law and order - positive law and order", Mr. Trump said.

Trump's decision to release the footage came after days of criticising Stahl, including tweeting a picture of the reporter not wearing a mask in the aftermath of the interview. "Can you?" Ms. Stahl asked at one point.

"But you're OK with some tough questions?" That's no way to talk.

In the final minutes of the interview, President Trump appears to get frustrated with Stahl's questioning, returning to the beginning when the 60 Minutes anchor opened by saying she was going to ask "tough questions".

"Lesley, it's such a viscous thing you just said".

Trump's frustrations with the interview first became known after CNN reported that he had refused to participate in a planned "walk-and-talk" with Pence following his sit-down with Stahl. "That's enough. Let's go, let's go".

The full interview was scheduled to air this weekend, and CBS News blasted the White House for releasing the video.

Though Trump released footage in advance, the full interview is still set to air on Sunday's episode of 60 Minutes, and will feature additional interviews with Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris.

"60 Minutes", it continued, "is widely respected for bringing its hallmark fairness, deep reporting and informative context to viewers each week. The American public always knows where they stand, and he's always ready to make the case for the American people and the case for the progress we've made for the past three and a half years".

The CBS clip started with a question about what he would do if re-elected, and included Stahl challenging Trump on his answers.

"They're a competitor. They're a foe in many ways, but they're an adversary, I think what happened was disgraceful, should never have happened. The way you have, it is like I'm begging".

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