President Donald Trump on Thursday released his long-awaited interview with “60 Minutes” journalist Lesley Stahl, and it did not go well for him.
During the 37-minute interview posted by the president, he made a number of blunders on topics ranging from the coronavirus pandemic to the state of the Affordable Care Act to the news media, which he frequently accused of being “corrupt.”
Below are the biggest mistakes Trump made during his lengthy interview.
1.) Trump starts off the interview by telling Stahl that he doesn’t want to deal with tough questions.
Before the interview begins, Stahl can be heard asking, “Are you ready for some tough questions?”
“Just be fair,” the president responded.
“But last time [I interviewed you], I remember you saying to me, ‘Bring it on,’” Stahl replied.
“I’m not looking for that, I’m looking for fairness,” he replied.
“You’re going to get fairness,” she said. “But you’re okay with some tough questions?”
“No,” the president replied. “You don’t ask Biden tough questions!”
2.) Trump insists that America has “turned the corner” on the COVID-19 pandemic even though new cases and hospitalizations are both surging.
Stahl asked the president about the dozens of times he has said that the novel coronavirus would soon “disappear” or “go away,” and the president once again made a rosy prediction about his handling of the disease.
“We have turned the corner,” Trump said.
“People can see cases going up,” Stahl shot back. “In the Midwest, in the Mountain West, record numbers.”
“We have turned the corner,” he said. “We understand the disease and we’re taking care of the elderly at a level that nobody’s taken care of the elderly.”
According to data published by the New York Times, the number of COVID-19 cases has increased by 32 percent over the past two weeks, while deaths have increased by 9 percent.
So far, more than 220,000 Americans have died from the disease in just eight months.
3.) Trump admits that he wants the Supreme Court to kill Obamacare — then acknowledges he still hasn’t finished writing up a replacement plan.
In one particularly damaging part, Stahl grilled the president about his hopes about the United States Supreme Court striking down the entire Affordable Care Act.
“I hope that they end it,” Trump said. “It’ll be so good if they end it.”
“And if they end it…” Stahl interjected.
“Because we will come up with a plan…” Trump began.
“Will!” said an incredulous Stahl, as earlier in the interview Trump said his plan was already done.
“Yeah, we we will,” Trump replied.
“But you said you already…” Stahl began.
“We have large sections of it already done,” he said.
4.) Trump accuses Stahl of peddling “fake news” when she accurately quotes him.
Stahl at one point in the interview quoted the president’s plea during a campaign rally when he said, “Suburban women, will you please like me?”
“No I didn’t say that!” Trump said, even though that was an exact word-for-word transcription of what he said. “You know, I say it jokingly: Suburban women, you should love me because I’m giving you security and I got rid of the worst regulation!”
Then, despite acknowledging that Stahl had quoted him accurately, he proceeded to call her “fake news.”
“The way you said that is why people think of you and everyone else as fake news!” he said.
5.) Trump storms off the interview because Stahl asked him tough questions.
Toward the end of the interview, Trump scolded Stahl for telling him at the start of the interview that he would be facing tough questions.
“You brought up a bunch of subjects that were inappropriately brought up!” the president fumed. “They were inappropriately brought up. Right from the beginning. No your first question was, ‘This is going to be tough questions.’ Well…”
“You’re president. Don’t you think you think you should be accountable to the American people?” she asked.
“No, no, listen, your first statement to me, ‘This is going to be tough questions,’” Trump said. “Well, I don’t mind that. But when you set up the interview you didn’t say that.”
The president walked away from the interview shortly after.
Rick Wilson and George Conway hilariously ridicule the GOP’s attempt to save Georgia’s Senate seats as Trump implodes
Conservative attorney George Conway-- who is married to former Donald Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway -- made an appearance on GOP consultant Rick Wilson's "New Normal" podcast on Tuesday, where the two Lincoln Project founders wondered whether the president really wants the Republican Party to hang onto the two Georgia Senate seats headed for a run-off in January after he went down to defeat in the state.
The trio started off the Daily Beast podcast with a hilarious dramatic reading of the Washington Post's bombshell report about the president's inability to comprehend how he lost the election, with Conway laughing at the mention of Trump's "fragile mental state."
US lawmakers renew stimulus push as focus shifts to Biden
President-elect Joe Biden will present his economic team on Tuesday, as a bipartisan group of senators make a renewed push for another stimulus package to help the faltering US economy.
With Covid-19 cases spiking, the world's largest economy faces an uncertain outlook that Biden and his economic team led by nominee for Treasury secretary Janet Yellen will have to work to remedy.The diverse group, with women and minorities in key roles, will face millions in jobs losses and a rising wave of small businesses shutting their doors and major corporations laying off their workers.
Outgoing Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin agrees on the need for more federal help for workers left jobless and business battered by the pandemic.
‘Conjecture and musings’: Dem senator tears into Trump ‘election fraud’ witness at Michigan hearing
Michigan state Sen. Jeff Irwin (D) blasted former state Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R) at an election fraud hearing on Tuesday.
At a state Senate Oversight Committee hearing, Colbeck suggested that there was a plot to use voting machines to steal the election from President Donald Trump.
For his part, Irwin noted that Trump had not requested a recount in Michigan.
"If you were on the losing end, much like, say, President Trump or candidate John James, would you have requested a recount?" the Democratic lawmaker asked.
"I've doubts with the integrity of the recount process," Colbeck replied. "So, I probably would not have done that."