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President Trump abruptly lower off an interview with the “60 Minutes” star Lesley Stahl on the White House on Tuesday after which taunted her on Twitter, posting a brief behind-the-scenes video of her on the taping and noting that she had not been carrying a masks within the clip.
Mr. Trump then threatened to put up his interview with Ms. Stahl forward of its supposed broadcast time on Sunday night, calling it “FAKE and BIASED.”
The spectacle of a president, two weeks from Election Day, choosing a battle with the nation’s hottest tv information program started on Tuesday after Mr. Trump grew irritated with Ms. Stahl’s questions, in accordance with two folks accustomed to the circumstances of the taping.
One individual briefed on what came about stated that Mr. Trump had spent greater than 45 minutes filming with Ms. Stahl and her CBS News crew, and that the taping had not wrapped up when the president’s aides had anticipated it to.
So Mr. Trump lower the interview quick after which declined to take part in a “walk and talk” section with Ms. Stahl and Vice President Mike Pence, the folks stated.
It appeared that Ms. Stahl’s method didn’t sit nicely with the president. Hours later, Mr. Trump said on Twitter that he was considering posting the interview with Ms. Stahl “PRIOR TO AIRTIME!” He described it as a “terrible Electoral Intrusion” and suggested that his Democratic opponent, Joseph R. Biden Jr., had been treated less harshly by journalistic interlocutors.
At a rally in Erie, Pa., on Tuesday night, the president told supporters, “You have to watch what we do to ‘60 Minutes,’ you’ll get such a kick out of it,” adding, “Lesley Stahl is not going to be happy.”
On Twitter, Mr. Trump also posted a six-second video clip of Ms. Stahl at the White House, writing: “Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes not wearing a mask in the White House after her interview with me. Much more to come.”
In fact, Ms. Stahl had worn a mask at the White House up until the start of her taping with Mr. Trump, including when she first greeted the president, according to a person familiar with the interview.
The video posted on Mr. Trump’s Twitter feed showed Ms. Stahl immediately after the interview ended, as she conferred with two of her CBS producers, both of whom were wearing masks. The CBS crew was tested for the coronavirus before entering the White House on Tuesday, the person said.
Ms. Stahl has interviewed Mr. Trump twice since the 2016 election, including his first televised interview after winning the presidency. She also filmed with Mr. Trump at the White House in October 2018. Ms. Stahl was hospitalized with the coronavirus in the spring and has since recovered.
The president and Mr. Pence were participating in a “60 Minutes” episode set to air on Sunday evening. The episode is also expected to feature interviews with Mr. Biden and his running mate, Senator Kamala Harris of California.
Mr. Biden taped his interview with the “CBS Evening News” anchor Norah O’Donnell on Monday. He has not yet tweeted about it.