President Donald Trump criticized 60-minute host Lesley Stahl for not wearing a mask in the White House after finishing an interview with the journalist – and later threatened to broadcast her back and forth before the show aired.
CNN reported Tuesday that after 45 minutes, Trump abruptly left his seat at Stahl – telling the network that he had given them enough material – and did not return for a scheduled meeting with Vice President Mike Pence.
Instead, he tweeted a video of Stahl at the White House, pointing out that she was not wearing a mask.
He then tweeted that he might post a video of their entire encounter before Sunday's episode finishes.
"I'm happy to announce that for the sake of accuracy of coverage, I am considering releasing my 60-minute interview with Lesley Stahl BEFORE THE AIR TIME!" Trump wrote. “This is done so everyone can get an idea of what a FAKE and BIASED interview is about
"Everyone should compare this horrific election interference to Sleepy Joe Biden's recent interviews!" Trump added.
The president is upset that Biden's pool of reporters asked the Democratic candidate what kind of milkshake he recently bought during a campaign freeze.
"He's committed crimes and they're asking him for a milkshake," the president said on his Tuesday morning call to Fox & Friends.
President Donald Trump left a 60-minute interview early Tuesday. CNN then reported and then tweeted how interviewer Lesley Stahl was at the White House and not wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19
President Donald Trump threatened to publish his entire 60-minute interview with Lesley Stahl before the show airs on Sunday. Trump called the interview an "Electoral Intrusion"
President Donald Trump shared a clip of & # 39; 60 Minutes & # 39; & # 39; Lesley Stahl, who was standing naked in front of the White House and criticizing her for looking exposed. Both Trump and Stahl have already pulled out of COVID-19
Press secretary Karoline Leavitt, who also tested positive and has since recovered from the coronavirus, suggested in a tweet following President Donald Trump's that Lesley Stahl was a hypocrite and said the 60-minute anchor accused her of not having any at work Having worn a mask
The first indication that something had gone wrong at Stahl was the 6-second video that Trump shared, which showed the broadcaster with a bare face talking to two masked men who are holding a wad of papers, presumably interview notes.
& # 39; Lesley Stahl of 60 minutes without a mask at the White House after her interview with me. There is much more to come, ”the President wrote.
The New York Times later reported that Stahl wore a mask until the interview and the video Trump posted was recorded immediately afterwards.
The Times also noted that in the clip, Stahl was speaking to two CBS News producers.
Trump and Pence were both interviewed by Stahl Tuesday at the White House.
Democratic nominee Joe Biden and his runner-up, Senator Kamala Harris, were also interviewed by the show for an episode to air on Sunday.
Trump's tweet was followed by a tweet from press officer Karoline Leavitt.
"This is moments after she criticized me for not wearing a mask while working at my desk," wrote Leavitt. "Rules for you but not for me Lesley?"
The pile-on continued as White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany retweeted Leavitt's comment.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany also posted this picture of Lesley Stahl holding what McEnany described as what President Donald Trump "did for health care in the United States."
Trump campaign senior advisor Jason Miller called CNN's coverage "false news" and said, "We have the evidence from the interview." CNN had reported that President Donald Trump abruptly left his seat at "60 minutes"
Leavitt is among the group of White House press secretaries who tested positive for COVID-19 after announcing that President and First Lady Melania Trump had the virus.
McEnany also tested positive.
McEnany later tweeted a picture of Stahl holding a large folder that the press secretary had given her.
& # 39; To hand over just a small portion of what President Donald Trump has done to healthcare in the United States to Lesley Stahl. She couldn't believe how HUGE it was and said, "I can hardly pick this up," wrote McEnany.
In addition, campaign advisor Jason Miller has cut back on CNN's coverage, calling it "false news".
"No drama, the interview didn't end abruptly and we have the receipts from the interview – everyone!" Miller tweeted. "Maybe we need to get the whole thing out so people can see for themselves?"
"Lesley is a bad example of wearing masks, Kaitlan – don't follow her example !!!" Miller wrote in a tweet to CNN's Collins.
President Donald Trump was offended in the media, including describing a Reuters reporter as a "criminal" Monday, but continued to engage in interviews and appearances. Here he photographed speaking to reporters on a Monday evening on a return trip from a campaign swing
In early May, Stahl announced that she, like Trump, had been hospitalized for the coronavirus.
"After two weeks at home in bed, weak, battling pneumonia and really scared, I went to the hospital," she said. I found overworked, almost overwhelmed staff. Each of them were kind, personable, gentle, and caring from the moment I arrived to the moment days later when I was evicted by a glove of cheering medical workers. & # 39;
"With so many deaths, they are celebrating their triumphs," said Stahl.
A spokesman for CBS News did not immediately return DailyMail.com's request for comment.
Trump famously criticized the wearing of masks and reprimanded Biden for doing it while on the campaign, while falsely claiming that Dr. Anthony Fauci initially said that masks don't work.
Fauci was reluctant to support the widespread use of masks in the first few weeks of the coronavirus pandemic to ensure there was no shortage of medical professionals and frontline staff.
The president was also on a media libel – calling a Reuters White House correspondent a "criminal" on Monday, suggesting that Thursday night's debate host, NBC's Kristen Welker, was "unfair" and with Kelly O from NBC will barricade on the Las Vegas tarmac & # 39; Donnell for the defense of Welker as a legitimate reporter.
Still, he continues to speak to the press daily and speak to reporters aboard the Air Force on a Monday night after participating in two on-site jokes.
He also agreed to the & # 39; 60 Minutes & # 39; segment.
And he ran a more Trump-friendly Sinclair City Hall on the White House grounds on Tuesday.
However, Trump ignored the questions asked on Tuesday evening following his threat via Twitter to prematurely publish the 60-minute interview.
The president holds a rally in Erie, Pennsylvania.
Stahl announced that she spoke to Trump off-camera during his 2016 presidential election about why the media are frequently attacking.
& # 39; He said, "Do you know why I am doing it? I do it to discredit you all and to humiliate you all. If you write negative stories about me, no one will believe you." That's what he said, ”said Stahl.