Trump ‘abruptly ends 60 Minutes interview’ then calls out host Lesley Stahl for ‘not wearing a mask in White House'
PRESIDENT Donald Trump abruptly ended his solo interview with CBS News 60 Minutes Tuesday and called out host Lesley Stahl for not wearing a mask in the White House.
According to CNN, Trump sat down with 60 Minutes host Lesley Stahl for 45 minutes on Tuesday before he unexpectedly ended the interview before he was supposed to tape with Vice President Mike Pence.
The president responded to the news on Twitter, saying, “Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes not wearing a mask in the White House after her interview with me. Much more to come.”
Along with his tweet, Trump shared a six second video clip of Stahl speaking with two other unidentified White House officials who were both wearing masks.
White House Assistant Press Secretary Karoline Leavitt backed up the president, saying, “This is moments after she criticized me for not wearing a mask while working at my desk. Rules for thee but not for me, Lesley?”
Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris were also interviewed by the outlet and all four are scheduled to appear in the same program on Sunday.
According to the outlet, Biden and Harris taped their interviews separately – while Trump and Pence were scheduled to appear on camera together like they did four years ago, for a walk and talk session.
However, Trump did not return for the appearance with Pence after unexpectedly ending the interview.
In 2018, despite Stahl challenging Trump on his views on climate change and Russian election interference – the president managed to sit through and complete the interview.
During an off-camera conversation with Trump in 2016, Stahl said Trump admitted his attacks on the press were meant to discredit negative stories about him.
“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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