Donald Trump abruptly ended his Tuesday appearance on CBS News’ 60 Minutes. After walking out of the solo portion of the interview, Trump also refused to sit down for a segment he was scheduled to tape with Vice President Mike Pence, CNN reported.
The president sat down with 60 Minutes’ host Lesley Stahl at the White House. According to sources close to CNN, the two spoke for about 45 minutes before he told her she had enough material and walked away.
Not long after the taping took place, the Republican presidential candidate took to social media to share a video of Stahl at the White House, noting that she wasn’t wearing a mask after their interview.
Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes not wearing a mask in the White House after her interview with me. Much more to come. pic.twitter.com/0plZG6a4fH
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2020
In May, Stahl announced she won her battle against COVID-19 after being hospitalized for a week. Meanwhile, on October 2, Trump revealed that both he and first lady Melania Trump had contracted the virus, as The Inquisitr reported.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris were also interviewed by 60 Minutes on Tuesday. Biden and Harris chose to be interviewed separately, while Trump and Pence opted to have one together as well — although the president did not return for this appearance.
Stahl’s interviews are part of a CBS segment that looks at the 2020 presidential elections and its candidates, similar to what the network did in 2016. The 60 Minutes special is scheduled to air this Sunday, October 25.
So far, Stahl has yet to respond to Trump’s supposed mask-shaming post. However, plenty of users on Twitter have already left comments under the video, taking up for the host.
“And the point of this tweet is what, exactly? Shouldn’t you be focusing on the 220,000 dead Americans instead? Do you only mask shame those who you feel threatened by?” one person wrote on Twitter.
“Tune in to @60Minutes on Sunday to watch a desperate Donald Trump storm out of his interview with Lesley Stahl and run to his little baby cell phone to tweet about her because he’s afraid of how he’ll look on TV,” another user tweeted.
“So @realDonaldTrump apparently had a catastrophic meltdown when being interviewed by Lesley Stahl, and since it was caught on tape, he’s now proactively attacking her before it airs,” a third person wrote on Twitter.
Trump had previously sat down with Stahl right before the 2018 midterm elections, where he discussed his controversial relationships with Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un, the economy, “fake news,” and other topics.