Race for the White House: Trump abruptly ends 60 Minutes interview

Clay Curtis
October 21, 2020

Soon after he stormed out of an interview with "60 Minutes" anchor Lesley Stahl, Donald Trump got busy getting ahead of the story by tweeting a threat to release the footage before the TV newsmagazine could.

A person familiar with the situation told CNN that the image from the tweet shows Stahl with her producers immediately after Trump ended the interview.

Trump's interview with Leslie Stahl ended acrimoniously, according to one person familiar with the exchange who was not authorised to discuss it publicly.

"Oh, and you have to watch what we do to '60 Minutes, '" Trump said. President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were scheduled to be interviewed together for a walk-and-talk session.

It appeared that Stahl's approach did not sit well with the president.

"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!"

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Lesley Stahl and her camera crew were filming what was supposed to be a 60-minute interview with Trump at the White House. "Much more to come". She also filmed an interview with the president in October 2018 at the White House, where they discussed key topics, including the USA economy, and his relationships with presidents Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un.

People are hip to Trump's ways and Twitter saw right through his plan to make the story about Stahl's mask, knowing there must be a bigger story he's trying to thwart.

Stahl has interviewed Trump twice since the 2016 election, including his first televised interview after winning the presidency.

White House Assistant Press Secretary Karoline Leavitt also called out the veteran journalist, accusing her of hypocrisy. Stahl was hospitalized with the coronavirus in the spring and has since recovered.

The president also threatened to air the interview with Stahl himself before the program aired on Sunday.

The news magazine is airing an election show on Sunday featuring separate interviews with Trump, Vice President Pence, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris of California.

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