President Donald Trump slammed ’60 Minutes’ host Lesley Stahl for not wearing a mask at the White House after he walked out of an interview with the journalist – and later threatened to broadcast their back-and-forth before the show aired.
CNN reported Tuesday that Trump abruptly left his sit-down with Stahl after 45 minutes – telling the network he believed he had given them enough material – and didn’t returned for a planned walk-and-talk with Vice President Mike Pence.
Instead, he tweeted a video of Stahl at the White House, pointing out that she wasn’t wearing a mask.
He then tweeted that he might release video of their whole encounter before Sunday’s episode is ready.
‘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. ‘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!’ Trump added.
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.
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 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’
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 first indication something had gone awry with Stahl was the 6-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.
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, like Trump, 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.
A spokesperson for CBS News did not immediately return DailyMail.com’s request for comment.
Trump has been famously criticial 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.
The president has a rally in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Stahl revealed that she spoke off-camera during his 2016 presidential run to Trump about why the frequent media attacks.
‘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.