Prior to posting the video, Trump consistently referenced it. He just couldn’t get over it. "You have to watch what we do to 60 Minutes," Trump said at a rally in Erie, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday. "You're going to get a kick out of it. Lesley Stahl is not going to be happy.” But in reality, the joke’s on him. Stahl isn’t the one people are laughing at—he is.
The video not only depicts the scene Trump created before leaving the interview, but shows that he found the questions asked too difficult. The raw footage posted on social media ends with Trump whining about the way Stahl began the interview. "You said this was gonna be tough questions, that's no way to talk, that's no way to talk," Trump said.
Stahl began the interview with: “Are you ready for some tough questions?” Instead of being prepared, Trump’s lack of confidence kicked in. He looked frustrated throughout the entire spiel, and cried at the end that the questions he was asked would never be asked to former vice president and current Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. “I see Joe Biden getting softball after softball. I’ve never seen him get asked a question that was hard,” Trump said.
Trump claimed that Biden would have never been asked about the economy in the way that Trump had been. “You wouldn’t say that to Biden, what you just said to me. If he had it, if he had it, you would never say that to Biden,” Trump said. After being asked about the economy, Trump claimed that he “created the greatest economy in the history of our country,” to which Stahl replied, “No.”
Trump also claimed that most of Stahl’s questions were “inappropriately brought up.” Apparently, to Trump, asking questions related to his role as leader of the U.S. is inappropriate. Maybe that’s why he has a habit of cutting others off while they ask such questions, in addition to giving vague answers. “You’re president,” Stahl replied to the allegation. “Don’t you think you should be accountable to the American people?”
And of course, despite clearly running away and posting the evidence of this himself, Trump claims he did not leave the interview abruptly. “I think we have enough. Really, we have enough. I think we have enough of an interview here, okay?” said a stressed Trump. “Let’s go, let’s go.”
Well, that sounds like running away to me, but knowing Trump, he will never admit it.
In response to the White House posting the raw video footage, CBS News released a statement calling it an "unprecedented decision to disregard" the White House's agreement with the network. The network noted that 60 Minutes is "widely respected for bringing its hallmark fairness, deep reporting and informative context to viewers each week" and thus this action will not deter CBS News from its reporting.
"Few journalists have the presidential interview experience Lesley Stahl has delivered over her decades as one of the premier correspondents in America and we look forward to audiences seeing her third interview with President Trump and subsequent interview with Vice President Pence this weekend," the network added.