CBS’ Lesley Stahl Fires Back at Trump Over Claim: ‘You Know That’s Not True’

CBS’ Lesley Stahl pushed back on President Donald Trump’s claim about the U.S. economy during a “60 Minutes” interview this week.

A clip of CBS News’ “60 Minutes” interview with Trump was previewed on Thursday where the president was asked what he believes is the “biggest domestic priority” to him “right now.”

Trump turned to the U.S. economy, claiming, “I’ll tell you, it was happening. We created the greatest economy in the history of our country. And the other side was coming in–,” before Stahl interjected.

“You know that’s not true,” she fired back. Trump, undeterred, responded, “It is totally true.” Stahl said, “No.”

The president, however, continued, “Virtually every number was the best. We had the best economy ever. And what was happening was things were coming together–.”

Stahl interrupted Trump, saying, “Well, what I asked you, what’s the priority? I mean, those are all the good things–.”

“The priority now is the great back to normal,” Trump declared. “Get back to where we were. To have the economy rage and be great with jobs and everybody be happy. And that’s where we’re going, and that’s where we’re heading.”

Trump’s appearance on “60 Minutes” was the interview where it was reported that he walked out of it before it was over.

Watch the exchange below:

After reports that Trump walked out of the interview, the president threatened on Twitter to post the interview before it airs on Sunday.

He posted several photos from the interview on Twitter Wednesday. On Thursday morning, Trump tweeted, “I will soon be giving a first in television history full, unedited preview of the vicious attempted ‘takeout” interview of me by Lesley Stahl of [60 Minutes].”

“Watch her constant interruptions [and] anger. Compare my full, flowing and ‘magnificently brilliant’ answers to their ‘Q’s,'” he added.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden was also interviewed on “60 Minutes” where he was pressed about his position on expanding the Supreme Court.

“There’s a number of alternatives that go well beyond packing,” Biden said, adding, “The last thing we need to do is turn the Supreme Court into just a political football, whoever has the most votes gets whatever they want. Presidents come and go. Supreme Court justices stay for generations.”


  1. “He is just somebody to really dissect, study, and figure out.” Lesley Stahl


    Now, her other assessment of what FOX tries to do and the weak adversarial press is spot on. They are so tied to their advertisers and to their need for insider access to people in power that they have forgotten how to do their job. That reveals that they don’t have a liberal bias *, that reveals corporate needs. As far as “conservatives” are concerned, ANY media opposition HAS to come from the left. That’s weak.

    * This false idea of liberal media bias is just another sign of weakness from conservatives. As Phyllis said, if conservatives can’t play being a victim, they wouldn’t have an identity. Spot on, Phyllis.

  2. NYT fact-checkers September 29,2020:

    Joe Biden: “We left him a booming economy. And he caused the recession.”

    NYT: “The economy was not “booming” in the final year of Biden’s time as vice president, and Trump did not “cause” the recession. The economy was healthy in 2016, but growth had dipped under 2%.”

  3. Partisan hack Lesley Stahl Nantucket Magazine Article:
    👉🏼 N MAGAZINE: Can you think of anything positive about the Trump presidency?
    STAHL: Well, I’ve done two interviews with him: one during the Republican Convention and the other three days after he was elected. I would say that he pulled off a miracle getting elected. He completely understands how to pull those levers of power. He did it himself. I still can’t believe it. He couldn’t believe it. I interviewed him after the election. He said he knew all along, but he didn’t. His body language showed that he was kind of in shock three days after.
    You know what else he’s done that is stunning? He has shut down all those generals. He shut them down. He lords over all the generals. He squelches them. He is just somebody to really dissect, study, and figure out. How is he doing this? He is becoming a one-man band in terms of policy. How is he doing this? He is changing the system. I am amazed. Really, I’m amazed. Not in a flattering way.
    👉🏼 N MAGAZINE: Do you think there is a liberal bias to the media? To the extent that there may be, has that helped fuel the backlash of the Trump phenomenon among the element of the population that feels disenfranchised and came out and elected someone who very few people thought would have risen to this position?
    STAHL: What I think is that Fox News and Roger Ailes set out to weaken and wound the press. Their constant pounding against the mainstream media had an enormous impact on a section of the country. It’s been extremely destructive to our democracy because the system needs a strong, independent, adversarial press corps. Because otherwise, who is going to cleanse our system?
    Just look at what is going on right now with all the revelations that are being made about Trump’s cabinet choices. None of this would come out. He would be hiring people who only see lobbyists that give them money. He’d be allowed freedom to do whatever he wants without a microscope on him. We need the free press.
    Fox—I don’t even want to call it Fox News—and Roger Ailes deliberately set their sights on weakening us, and sadly they have succeeded. I do not think that when you look at The New York Times, The Washington Post, CBS News, NBC, and so forth, that there’s a liberal bias.

  4. Trump continues to give these MSM lefties a chance to yell at him, but he makes them look like what they really are. Hope he does release the whoie thing.

  5. “Watch her constant interruptions [and] anger. Compare my full, flowing and ‘magnificently brilliant’ answers to their ‘Q’s,’” he added.” The answers may have been “magnificently brilliant” to the guy who considers himself a “stable genius.” BUT the “stable genius” is delusional. Repeating incorrect info 10 times does not make it factual. Try this at home: Say over and over again that you won the Reader’s Digest lottery. Now wait for your doorbell to ring with the notification.

  6. He sure was pressed he never answered the question. Yes or No simple answer would do.

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