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Donald Trump says he will release his full 60 Minutes interview


President Donald Trump announced Thursday he will release the’full, unedited’ version of his interview with ’60 Minutes’ after CBS released a video excerpt of the sit-down.

He called Lesley Stahl’s questioning of him ‘vicious’ and an ‘attempted takeout’ while arguing he gave ‘magnificently brilliant’ answers to her questions.

‘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,”‘ the president wrote on Twitter.

Trump’s threat came after CBS aired part of Stahl’s exchange with the president, noting her question about his priorities came right before Trump cut the interview short. 

It also came the day he and Democratic rival Joe Biden are set to take the stage in Nashville for their final presidential debate. 

President Donald Trump announced Thursday he will release the’full, unedited’ version of his interview with ’60 Minutes’ after CBS released a video excerpt of the sit-down.

In the brief, one-minute clip, Stahl quizzed President Trump on his biggest domestic priority.   

‘Well, ultimately let me and I’ll tell you it was happening. We created the greatest economy in the history of our country,’ Trump said.

‘You know that’s not true,’ Stahl told him.

Trump pounced back. 

‘It is true. Virtually every number was the best. We had the best economy ever,’ he said.

Stahl pressed him again: ‘I asked you what’s the priority? What do you have to solve?’

Trump said he wanted the country to ‘get back to normal.’

‘The priority now is to get back to normal, get back to where we were, to have the economy rage and be great with jobs and everybody be happy. And that’s where we’re going. That’s where we’re heading,’ he said.

Stahl then switched to a different topic.

‘And who is our biggest foreign adversary?,’ she asked.

‘I would say China, that are an adversary, a competitor, a foe in many ways but they’re an adversary. I think what happened was disgraceful. They should never have allowed this plague to go out of China and around the word, 1 — world, 188 countries,’ Trump responded.

At his campaign rally in North Carolina on Wednesday night, Trump promised a ‘surprise’ for the long-running news program, which is highest-rated in America.

‘We have a little surprise for 60 Minutes,’ he told the cheering crowd. 

Trump sat down with Stahl at the White House on Tuesday. The news magazines traditionally presents interviews with the two presidential contenders on the Sunday before Election Day. Norah O’Donnell interviewed Joe Biden in Wilmington for his portion of the program.

’60 Minutes’ traditionally airs interviews with two presidential candidates on the Sunday before Election Day; Joe Biden spoke with Norah O’Donnell in Wilmington

The first sign the interview didn’t go well came that day, when Trump tweeted a photo of Stahl after the interview, not wearing a mask.

On Tuesday, he threatened to pre-empt the news program by releasing the interview before its Sunday airtime to show the ‘biased’ nature of Stahl’s interview, which the president abruptly ended after 45 minutes when faced with a tough line of questioning.

Then, on Wednesday, Trump dumped a series of photos of Stahl from their disastrous interview as his Chief of Staff Mark Meadows claimed the reporter is ‘more like an opinion journalist.’

One of the photos posted, showed Stahl looking at a very large book of what Trump says are his accomplishments and work regarding healthcare since taking office.

But the internet was quick to point out that the page Stahl was looking at was blank.

‘It was a very large book of everything President Trump has signed – executive orders and legislation – to improve healthcare for Americans over the past three and a half years,’ White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement to ‘All of these items are public, just compiled in one place in this book.’

She did not confirm or deny that the particular page Stahl was gazing at had text on it.

Meadows also denied the depiction that Trump ‘walked out’ of the interview with Stahl. 

‘He didn’t walk out,’Meadows claimed during an interview with Fox Business Wednesday morning. ‘I mean, the characterization of that, he spent over 45 minutes with Lesley Stahl, I’ve looked at every single minute of the interview and then some. We have tape of every single minute.’

‘Listen, when you have a ’60 Minutes’ reporter, they should be a reporter, not an opinion journalist. And she came across more like an opinion journalist than a real reporter,’ Meadows said in his interview with Fox’s Maria Bartiromo. ‘Journalism should have standards and we need to get to the bottom of it. So, I think the American people will be able to see it.’ 

Donald Trump dumped a series of photographs of CBS News reporter Lesley Stahl at the White House Tuesday, bragging that she ‘had no idea’ how much he had done for healthcare since taking office

He also posted images from the interview, which resulted in the president walking out after 45 minutes and not returning for his planned walk-and-talk with Vice President Mike Pence

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said Wednesday that ’60 Minutes’ host Lesley Stahl is ‘more like an opinion journalist than a real reporter’

On Wednesday afternoon, the president tweeted out a series of images of Stahl, including White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany showing her a huge book of what Trump has done in regards to health care and handling the coronavirus pandemic

Social media users were also quick to point out that the huge book of Trump’s healthcare related initiatives appeared to be blank – and the White House did not deny this

Meadows’ claims came after the president said he was going to release portions of the interview with Stahl ahead of its air date after it devolved. 

‘All right, so then the president will release that interview then before Sunday, when they show it on ’60 Minutes?’ Bartiromo asked Meadows.

‘Yes. There’s a high probability, but more to come,’ he said. 

Just hours later, the president tweeted out a series of photographs of his interview with Stahl.

The Wednesday afternoon photo dump included four consecutive images of Stahl combing over a huge book the White House created compiling the president’s contributions to health care and handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘Kayleigh McEnany presenting Lesley Stahl (@60Minutes) with some of the many things we’ve done for Healthcare. Lesley had no idea!’ Trump tweeted of the reporter and the White House press secretary.

Trump tweeted shortly after prematurely ending the interview Tuesday that he would release it before it airs on CBS News to expose how ‘fake and biased’ the interview was. 

He walked out of the sit down after 45 minutes and did not return for a planned walk-and-talk with Vice President Mike Pence.

Among the questions Stahl asked were on his response to the coronavirus pandemic and about the size of his campaign rally crowds, according to a new report.

Upon ending the interview, Trump told the network he believed he had given them enough material before accusing them of being biased towards Democratic rival Joe Biden. 

Trump has been threatening to release footage of the encounter since the interview occurred. 

‘I am pleased to inform you that, for the sake of accuracy in reporting, I am considering posting my interview with Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes, PRIOR TO AIRTIME!’ Trump wrote on Twitter Wednesday. ‘This will be done so that everybody can get a glimpse of what a FAKE and BIASED interview is all about.’

‘Everyone should compare this terrible Electoral Intrusion with the recent interviews of Sleepy Joe Biden!’ the president added.

He also tweeted a video of Stahl at the White House, pointing out that she wasn’t wearing a mask. 

Trump promoted his upcoming 60 Minutes interview during a campaign rally in Pennsylvania on Tuesday, telling them they’ll ‘get a kick out’ what he did to CBS journalist Lesley Stahl

He threatened to release his entire ’60 Minutes’ interview with Lesley Stahl before the show is broadcast on Sunday. Trump called the interview an ‘Electoral Intrusion’ 

Sources told The Washington Post late Tuesday that Trump cut the interview short because he was unhappy with Stahl’s hardball approach and was worried the discussion would be edited to portray him in an unflattering light.

Stahl had reportedly prefaced the conversation by asking Trump if he was ‘ready for a tough interview’, before grilling him on his administration’s handling of the pandemic and his exchanges with Dr. Anthony Fauci.

She also is said to have confronted him over his rhetoric about Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who authorities say was the intended victim of an alleged kidnapping plot which was foiled by cops last month. 

She also brought up the allegations against Joe Biden’s son Hunter, which the president has seized on during his campaign rallies just days before the election, seeking to portray the Bidens as a ‘crime family’.

Stahl during the interview told Trump the claims against Hunter were unverified and also said the Obama administration did not spy on his campaign, insiders told the publication. 

About 45 minutes later, Trump told his staff, ‘I think we’re done, do you guys agree?’ before leaving the room to complain to his aides. 

Trump reportedly told them that Biden, who was interviewed by the network earlier, had had an easier interview and believed the video footage of his discussion with Stahl was going to be cut to ‘make him look bad.’ 

He also expressed to his staff that he wanted to go after Stahl in return and began floating ideas around with his aides in the Oval Office, a senior White House official said.   

According to sources close to the president, Stahl had reportedly prefaced the discussion by asking Trump if he was ‘ready for a tough interview’, before grilling him on his administration’s handling of the pandemic, his clashes with Dr Anthony Fauci (left) and his remarks about Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (right)

Trump (pictured during a coronavirus press briefing in March) was allegedly not pleased with Stahl’s aggressive approach during the interview and her ‘tough’ questions 

 Stahl had also told Trump the claims against his Democratic rival’s son Hunter Biden were not verified despite the president repeatedly promoting the allegations as fact during his campaign rallies

‘The interview was not that bad,’ a White House staff member told the Post. ‘It wasn’t a bad interview. She just had a tone he didn’t like.’   

The president has fumed that Biden’s pool of reporters asked the Democratic nominee what kind of milkshake he bought during a recent campaign stop. 

‘He’s committed crimes and they ask him about a milkshake,’ the president said on his Tuesday morning ‘Fox & Friends’ call-in.

The first indication something had gone awry with Stahl was the six-second video Trump shared that showed the broadcaster bare-faced talking to two masked men holding a bundle of papers, presumably interview notes. 

‘Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes not wearing a mask in the White House after her interview with me. Much more to come,’ the president wrote.  

Supporters cheer as President Donald Trump departs following a campaign rally at Erie International Airport, Tom Ridge Field in Erie, Pennsylvania on Tuesday

President Donald Trump walked out of a ’60 Minutes’ interview early on Tuesday CNN reported and then tweeted about how interviewer Lesley Stahl was at the White House not wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19

President Donald Trump shared a clip of ’60 Minutes” Lesley Stahl standing around bare-faced at the White House lobbing criticism at her for appearing unmasked. Both Trump and Stahl have already contracted and recovered from COVID-19  

Press aide Karoline Leavitt, who has also tested positive and since recovered from the coronavirus, suggested in a tweet after President Donald Trump’s that Lesley Stahl was a hypocrite, saying the ’60 Minutes’ anchor chided her for not wearing a mask at work 

The New York Times later reported that Stahl wore a mask up until the interview and the video Trump posted was taken directly afterward. 

The Times also noted that Stahl was talking to two CBS News producers in the clip. 

Trump and Pence were both interviewed by Stahl Tuesday at the White House.  

Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, were also interviewed by the program, for an episode to be broadcast Sunday. 

Trump’s tweet was followed up by a tweet from press aide Karoline Leavitt. 

‘This is moments after she criticized me for not wearing a mask while working at my desk,’ Leavitt wrote. ‘Rules for thee but not for me, Lesley?’ 

The pile-on continued when White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany retweeted Leavitt’s commentary.  

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany also posted this image of Lesley Stahl holding what McEnany called what President Donald Trump ‘has done for healthcare in the United States’ 

The Trump campaign’s senior adviser Jason Miller called CNN’s reporting ‘fake news,’ saying that ‘we have the receipts from the interview.’ CNN had reported that President Donald Trump left the sit-down with ’60 Minutes’ abruptly 

Leavitt is among the group of White House press aides who tested positive for COVID-19 on the heels of the announcement that the president and first lady Melania Trump had the virus. 

McEnany tested positive too. 

McEnany later tweeted out an image of Stahl holding a large binder handed to her by the press secretary. 

‘Handing Lesley Stahl just a small part of what President Donald Trump has done for healthcare in the United States. She couldn’t believe how HUGE it was and said, ‘I can hardly lift this,” McEnany wrote.  

Additionally, Campaign adviser Jason Miller pushed back on CNN’s reporting labeling it ‘fake news.’ 

‘No drama, interview was not ended abruptly and we have the receipts from the interview – all of them!’ Miller tweeted. ‘Maybe we need to put the whole thing out so people can see for themselves?’ 

‘Lesley’s a bad example for mask wearing, Kaitlan – don’t follow her lead!!!’ Miller wrote in a tweet directed at CNN’s Collins.  

President Donald Trump has been on a media-insulting bender, including calling a Reuters reporter a ‘criminal’ Monday but has continued to engage in interviews and appearances. Here he’s photographed talking to reporters Monday night on a return trip from a campaign swing

In early May, Stahl revealed she had been hospitalized for the coronavirus. 

‘After two weeks at home in bed, weak, fighting pneumonia, and really scared, I went to the hospital,’ she said. ‘I found an overworked, nearly overwhelmed staff. Every one of them kind, sympathetic, gentle and caring from the moment I arrived until the moment days later when I was wheeled out through a gauntlet of cheering medical workers.’

‘In the face of so much death, they celebrate their triumphs,’ Stahl said.   

Trump has been famously critical of mask-wearing, chiding Biden for doing so while on the campaign trail, while falsely claiming the Dr. Anthony Fauci initially said masks don’t work. 

Fauci was reluctant to endorse widespread mask-wearing in the early weeks of the coronavirus pandemic to ensure there wasn’t a shortage for medical and frontline workers. 

The president has also been on a media-insulting bender – calling a Reuters White House correspondent Monday a ‘criminal,’ suggesting Thursday night’s debate moderator, NBC’s Kristen Welker, will be ‘unfair’ and sparring on the Las Vegas tarmac with NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell for defending Welker as a legitimate reporter. 

Yet he continues to talk to the press daily, speaking to reporters on board Air Force One Monday night, after participating in two gaggles on the ground. 

He also agreed to the ’60 Minutes’ segment. 

And he headlined a more Trump-friendly Sinclair broadcasting town hall on the White House grounds Tuesday. 

Trump did, however, ignore shouted questions Tuesday night after his threat via Twitter to release the ’60 Minutes’ interview early.  

Stahl revealed that she spoke off-camera during his 2016 presidential run to Trump about why he frequently attacks the media.

‘He said, ‘You know why I do it? I do it to discredit you all and demean you all so when you write negative stories about me, no one will believe you.’ He said that,’ Stahl said. 

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