8 takeaways from Donald Trump's 60 Minutes interview

Posted October 15, 2018

I know all these things.

US President Donald Trump stuck his executive privilege in the face of CBS anchor Lesley Stahl during a tug-of-war moment in his interview with CBS, reminding her who was in charge and refusing to make a pledge she demanded. I have a good energy with him.

Finally, the president revealed his capacity for self-reflection and humility when Stahl asked him if there was anything he wished he hadn't said or done in his nearly two years in office. It could be that he is.

President Donald Trump: I tell you what I don't wanna do. We get along very well.

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Trump stated, "The thing I've really learned is I never knew how dishonest the media was and I really mean it. Everybody. People leave. That's Washington".

Trump's speech was factually inaccurate, Dr. Ford did have a lot of information, described the house in such great detail that reporters were able to locate the house the assault likely occurred in and which friend of Kavanaugh's lived there at the time. Asked whether he would like to see China plunging into economic depression, Trump said he merely wants it to "open their markets like ours" in a "fair deal". I don't think it's a hoax. "When I say, 'Obama did it, ' you don't want to talk about it". "But - you know, and in my way, I feel very comfortable here". That saw Stahl exclaiming "this is amazing" and accusing Trump of "diverting the whole Russian Federation thing".

"I'm not gonna get into it because we won", Trump eventually answered. Trump and Stahl had a much more contentious interview than Mrs. Trump and ABC correspondent Tom Llamas, but, reflecting on their chat, Stahl told her coanchors that to her it felt as though Trump truly "enjoyed" sparring with her.

"But did you have to-" Stahl cut in.

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"I like General Mattis".

Western officials privately extol Mr Mattis, whose standing among North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies has risen as they become increasingly bewildered by Mr Trump's policies on trade and Iran, and disoriented by his outreach to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"They can do what they - I will tell you this", Trump said. "And I have other people that I'm beyond thrilled with", he said.

Invited to PLEDGE THAT HE WON'T SHUT DOWN THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION, Trump declined, saying, "I don't pledge anything. I have some people that I'm not thrilled with", Trump said, without mentioning names.

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Late in the interview, Stahl asked Trump what had been "the biggest surprise" and what he had learned as President, a question unworthy of the occasion and of time that might have been spent fleshing out answers elsewhere. I'll give you an example: They are ordering military equipment. Trump has called climate change a hoax perpetuated by China in the past, but in the interview, seemed to partly reverse his position.