Trump Shares the Unedited 60 Minutes Footage, But Only on Facebook

Pres. Donald Trump took a pause today from his Twitter account to post the unedited talk he had with Lesley Stahl for the upcoming episode of 60 Minutes set to air this Sunday. The interview has already gotten plenty of attention after reports that the president became frustrated with the line of questioning from Stahl and abruptly walked out.

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Trump posted unedited footage of his interview with '60 Minutes' correspondent Lesley Stahl today on Facebook. Donald Kravitz/Getty

This past Tuesday, Trump characterized the Stahl's questions as "biased" and promised to release the interview himself.

Watch below for the nearly 38-minute version he posted today on Facebook, a social media outlet he uses far less than his favored Twitter:

Look at the bias, hatred and rudeness on behalf of 60 Minutes and CBS. Tonight’s anchor, Kristen Welker, is far worse! #MAGA

While he did post a brief tweet that directed his followers to the Facebook post, he seemed more concerned in that note in preemptively attacking the host of tonight's final debate against Joe Biden. He wrote, "Look at the bias, hatred and rudeness on behalf of 60 Minutes and CBS. Tonight's anchor, Kristen Welker, is far worse!"

Look at the bias, hatred and rudeness on behalf of 60 Minutes and CBS. Tonight’s anchor, Kristen Welker, is far worse! #MAGA https://t.co/ETDJzMQg8X

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2020

That he didn't at least initially draw more attention to the unedited interview may come as a surprise to some, considering the how angrily he sounded in his tweets following the reports of his walking out of the 60 Minutes interview. One tweet at the time included a video clip claiming to show Stahl not wearing a mask during her White House visit. CBS News countered that Stahl wore a mask when she arrived and greeted the president and only removed it once they were socially distanced. CBS News claimed that the clip Trump shared showing Stahl without a mask occurred after the interview when she was speaking with her producers, all of whom had tested negative for COVID-19 prior to arriving at the White House.

The Facebook footage Trump posted Thursday began with Stahl asking, "Are you ready for some tough questions?"

"Just be fair," the president replied.

From there, Trump can be seen getting angrier with each question. Stahl asked about priorities for a second term, which set Trump off into talking about how he created "the greatest economy in the history of the country"--a claim Stahl shot down as untrue.

Trump then claimed she wouldn't talk to Joe Biden in the same manner.

Stahl soon said she could not believe that after a Rose Garden event led to several people coming down with the coronavirus that the president was not strongly encouraging people to wear masks at his campaign rallies. Trump refuted her remark and said he tells people to wear masks, but Stahl said he didn't.

She also flustered Trump by saying his rallies aren't as big as they once were. The president complained Stahl was being negative and asked if she would ask Biden about his son, Hunter, and his alleged Ukrainian ties. She said she wouldn't unless those claims were verified.

The president can not be seen tearing off his microphone and storming away from the taping as some in the media characterized the exchange. However, he does declare, "I think we have enough of an interview" before turning his to staff and concluding: "That's enough, let's go."

CBS News also expected the president to come back for a second taping with Mike Pence, but Trump did not come return.