Politics Stahl whines, ‘I’m upset,’ says Trump, Pence ‘insulted 60 Minutes’
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When it was over, 60 Minutes reporter Leslie Stahl, who has been bragging about snagging President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence for re-election interviews, was "upset."
Impressed with her questions, including asking Pence repeatedly if he was “teased” after a fly landed on his head during the vice presidential debate, she determined that she didn’t like the answers she heard.
She told Pence that neither answered her questions and “insulted 60 Minutes.”
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White House chief of staff Mark Meadows on Wednesday criticized veteran CBS News correspondent Lesley Stahl as an "opinion journalist" and denied that President Trump "walked out" of his taped interview for "60 Minutes" on Tuesday.Meadows, speaking on Fox Business, also indicated as Trump did on Tuesday that the White House may release video of the interview before it airs on "60 Minutes" Sunday, despite the network saying that the White House agreed that they would tape the interview "for archival purposes only." "He didn't walk out. The characterization of that - he spent over 45 minutes with Lesley Stahl.
While the Trump interview, released in full by the president’s team out of concern 60 Minutes will mangle it to hurt him, is likely to win the most attention, the Pence interview, also released by the White House, helped to confirm the feeling by insiders that the interviews were a set up.
Pence followed Trump, who left after nearly 40 minutes and with five more minutes to go. Said Trump on leaving, “I think we’ve had enough of an interview.”
After Pence sat down, Stahl said, “well what just happened?” She asked a form of that several more times and didn't get to a question of Pence until two minutes in.
And it only came after she accused Pence of ducking her questions.
“Are you not going to answer our questions,” she said finally.
“I’m here to answer your questions,” said Pence calmly.
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Trump complains about Stahl's questions on the condition of the economy and the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic.Trump, who posted the video on Facebook, complains about Stahl's questions on the condition of the economy, the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic, his relations with infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci, the value of masks, his health care policy, and his attacks on political opponents.
Pence followed his practice of talking up Trump and giving the answer he wanted.
On a question of whether a mother should send her child to school during the coronavirus crisis, Pence focused on what the White House has done to fight the pandemic.
“You didn’t ask the question, what about that mother?” Stahl said.
He responded by referencing his wife, second lady Karen Pence, who is back to teaching young children a few days a week.
“She’s teaching? So she’s a working wife?” said Stahl.
Then told it was time for the last question, Stahl pulled out her finisher.
“I have to ask you about the fly, I have to,” she said of the bug that landed on Pence’s head during the vice presidential debates. “Did you know it was there?” She asked four follow ups including, “Have you been teased?”
Pence answered them all and eventually turned his answer to the campaign.
That was apparently it for Stahl, who said, “Mr. Vice President, this was not a rally. This was not just a campaign speech to the public. This was supposed to be an interview and the same with the president. And I feel that you both have insulted 60 Minutes by not answering any of our questions and by giving set campaign speeches that we have heard both of you give at rallies without answering our questions.”
Why did Trump think publishing his 60 Minutes interview footage was a good idea?
If Trump thinks struggling to answer Lesley Stahl’s basic questions speaks well for him, he should probably think again.Trump posted the Stahl interview footage on Facebook below a caption that read, “Look at the bias, hatred and rudeness on behalf of 60 Minutes and CBS.” Oddly, he compared Stahl’s performance favorably with the moderator of the upcoming final presidential debate, Kristen Welker, writing “Tonight’s anchor, Kristen Welker, is far worse! #MAGA” (Trump has spent the better part of a week preemptively attacking Welker.
Pence responded, “Leslie, what questions haven't I answered? What question haven’t I answered, right now?”
She said, “You didn’t answer any of my questions. You just give speeches.”
Pence: “I’ve answered every one of your questions. I’d like to know what question I haven’t answered.”
She mentioned two, then said, “You just kept giving me speeches and so did he, I think that both of you, there is this kind of anticipation, that people in power are held accountable and they answer questions from the public, not from me, from the public and I feel that you didn’t do that and I’m upset.”
Unimpressed, the vice president responded, “Well Leslie, I appreciate the speech you just gave but I’ve answered all your questions and I’ve spoken about things the American people care about.”
He concluded, “I think this is why the American people are frustrated with the media,” and added, “The president and I, whether you like it or not, whether it fits in to the 60 Minutes narrative, the president and I are going to continue to take that case every day to the American people.”
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