TRUMP ENDS '60 MINUTES' INTERVIEW, JOINT APPEARANCE WITH PENCE
President Donald Trump abruptly ended a solo interview with CBS News' "60 Minutes" and did not return for an appearance he was supposed to tape with Vice President Mike Pence, according to multiple sources familiar with what happened.
After camera crews set up at the White House, Trump sat down with host Lesley Stahl for about 45 minutes before he abruptly ended the interview and told the network he believed they had enough material to use, according to two sources, Kaitlan Collins and Khalil Abdallah reported for CNN. CBS News did not immediately respond to a CNN request for comment. When reached for comment, the White House did not dispute CNN's reporting.
The President later accused Stahl of not wearing a mask and tweeted out a brief clip of her without one while at the White House. 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. Stahl had not yet gone back to get her personal belongings to put her mask back on. She had a mask on from the time she entered the White House and just before the interview began.
Stahl previously said that during an off-camera conversation with Trump in 2016, when he was running for President, he admitted his attacks on the press were meant to discredit negative stories that emerged 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 added.