Lesley Stahl of CBS News’ 60 Minutes sat down with President Donald Trump at the White House on Oct. 20, 2020 to conduct a solo interview. After about 45 minutes, Trump abruptly left the interview and refused to come back for the scheduled joint interview with Vice President Mike Pence, saying they had enough material to work with.
Trump threatened to leak the interview ahead of its scheduled time and, sure enough, he did it. On Oct. 22, 2020, Trump posted the interview on Facebook. Despite Trump’s leak, CBS aired their interview at its appointed time on Oct. 25, 2020.
After Trump left, Pence sat down with Stahl and offered answers that seemed evasive, according to The New York Times. So Stahl told Pence what she really thought of both him and Trump.
“This was not a rally, this was not just a campaign speech to the public — this was supposed to be an interview, and the same with the president,” Stahl said to Pence. “And I feel that you both have insulted ’60 Minutes’ and me by not answering any of our questions,” she added, per NYT.
While Stahl got brutally honest here, this isn’t the first time she has spoken out about Trump. Meanwhile, Trump himself has said scathing things about the veteran journalist, proving that Stahl and Trump aren’t exactly on good terms.
Donald Trump and Lesley Stahl don't see eye-to-eye
Donald Trump showed frustration towards journalist Lesley Stahl during their 60 Minutes interview, during which the two had some choice dialogue. Trump said that Stahl inappropriately brought up topics and disliked that she began the interview by promising “tough questions.” “That’s no way to talk. That’s no way to talk,” Trump said.
After the interview, Trump shared a clip on Twitter of Stahl talking with her team. Trump added: “Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes not wearing a mask in the White House after her interview with me. Much more to come.” CBS responded with a statement that this was moments after the interview and that Stahl had entered the White House wearing a mask.
According to The New York Times, Stahl has interviewed Trump twice before, since he became president, so the two have a history.
In fact, in May 2018, Stahl told journalists about an ominous conversation she had with Trump. Stahl asked him why he discredits journalists and the media. Stahl told the audience what Trump told her: ‘You know why I do it? I do it to discredit you all and demean you all so that when you write negative stories about me no one will believe you,'” per CNBC. Stahl paused and said to the journalists: “So, put that in your head for a minute. Yeah.”
It’s safe to say Stahl and Trump aren’t each other’s biggest fans.
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