President Donald Trump: The 60 Minutes 2020 Election Interview

President Donald Trump: The 60 Minutes 2020 Election Interview

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Tonight in what has become an election year tradition for 60 minutes conversations with the major party candidates for president and vice president of the united states later nora o’donnell interviews former vice president joe biden and his running mate senator kamala harris but we begin with president donald trump

And vice president mike pence i spoke with the president on tuesday in the roosevelt room at the white house the story will continue in a moment we had prepared to talk about the many issues and questions facing the president but in what has become an all too public dustup

The conversation was cut short it began politely but ended regrettably contentiously are you ready for some tough questions you’re going to be fair i usually i’m going to be fair just be fair but you’re okay with some tough questions no i’m not you’re not okay with tough questions i want them to be

Fair you you don’t ask biting tough questions okay are you ready everybody ready so we have the pandemic on your watch we’ve had racial strife we’ve had looting why do you want this job why do you want to be president again because we’ve done a great job and it’s not finished yet and

When i finish this country will be in a position like it hasn’t been maybe ever the economy is already roaring back and other people aren’t going to bring it back certainly the person that we’re dealing with is not going to bring it back they’re going to raise taxes

Let me ask you what you think your uh the biggest domestic priority is for you right now uh well ultimately let me and i’ll tell you it was happening we created the greatest economy in the history of our country and the other side you know that you

Know that’s not true it is totally true it isn’t but president trump did have an impressive string of economic accomplishments we had the best stock market price ever and we’re getting close to that price again the unemployment numbers for african americans for asian americans for hispanic americans virtually every number was the best

And what was happening is things were coming together i asked you what’s the priority i mean those are all the good things what are you doing now is to get back to normal 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 and who is our biggest foreign adversary i would say china they’re an adversary they’re a competitor they’re a foe in many ways but they’re an adversary i think what happened was disgraceful should never have happened should they should never have allowed

This plague to get out of china and go throughout the world 188 countries should never have happened four years ago you were behind in the polls as you are now and you pulled it out but this time you have kind of a double migraine you have unemployment claims going up

You have coveted cases going up i mean it’s like the gods have suddenly decided decided to conspire against they should all know i think well what about a job sir excuse me cases are up in about 40 states you know why cases are up also because we do more testing the fake news

Media loves to say cases are up the fact is we’ve done a very very good job we have done that’s right because we’re doing so much testing there is increased testing but according to the covet tracking project that doesn’t account for all of the rise in new cases sweeping the country

Or the 40 increase in hospitalizations in the past month when you’re out there saying we’ve turned the corner this thing is disappearing and people can see people can see cases going up all over the in the midwest in the mountain west record numbers of cases in some states

We understand the disease we understand the elderly and we are taking care of them like nobody’s ever taken care of them so we are taking care of our people okay let me let me ask you something about suburban women yeah suburban women will you please like me remember please please

I saved your damn neighborhood okay you said the other day to suburban women will you please like me please oh i didn’t say that you know that’s so misleading the way i say jokingly suburban women you should love me because i’m giving you security and i got rid of the worst regulations

See the way you said that yeah is why people think of you and everyone else as fake news i said kiddingly suburban women women you should love me i got rid of a regulation yes that would bring low-income housing into suburbia that is destroying that would destroy suburbia

And i said that in a joking way the way you have it it’s like oh like i’m begging i i’m kidding play it and i’m kidding that is such a misleading question leslie but you’re behind with suburban women in the polls i doubt it

I doubt it i really doubt it one of the reasons is that they don’t feel you’re being upfront about the pandemic are you deliberately downplaying doing well we’re doing well we understand the disease we’ve done a good job we’ve done maybe a great job what we haven’t done a good job on is

Convincing people like you because you’re really quite impossible to convince but that’s okay and the economy now is coming back and it’s coming back very strongly and people see that lastly there are more unemployment claims i mean the economy has kind of lastly we just picked up 11.4 million jobs

It’s the largest number in the history of our country it is true that of the 22 million jobs lost since february 11.4 million have been restored yet unemployment claims are running at historically high levels but the president sees the economy as his strongest suit galloped in a poll 56 percent of the people

Said that they’re better off now during a pandemic than they were doing obama and biden 56 it was a record number can we go back for one second to the pandemic because um you called dr fauci and other health officials idiots where did i call them an idiot you called them idiots

I wonder if you think a lot i like them but i wonder if you think that masks don’t work i feel masks possibly work but certainly you want to stay away a certain distance socially distance etc but i would say a mask works and i have nothing against masks

And i tell people to wear masks tell me then about these rallies you’ve been having a lot of people are wearing people a lot of people aren’t i’m i’m watching all these people jammed in together and i’m seeing most of them without masks and i’m wondering the message

That you’re sending with these pictures coming up take a look yesterday we were in arizona record-setting rallies numbers of people like nobody’s seen before you used to have bigger rallies no these are much bigger than i ever i don’t want a bicker over there no tell me about

You’re so negative if you’re so negative these are the biggest rallies we’ve ever had you just come in here with that negative attitude these are the biggest rallies we’ve ever had but i can’t believe after what happened in the rose garden here after the announcement with all the people getting sick

That you are not being more strongly encouraging about wearing mass at your restaurant tell people to but you don’t leslie we hand out thousands of masks you look out and they’re not wearing them you don’t get up there and say look you know come on what’s your next question leslie we’re outside

The rallies are bigger than they’ve ever been there’s more enthusiasm than we’ve ever had there has never been anything like what you’re witnessing now and you’ll see that soon um okay i’ll ask you another health question okay i told you okay um you promised that there was going to be a new health

Package a health care plan yeah you said that it was going to be great you said it’s ready it’s going to be ready it’ll be here in two weeks it’s going to be like nothing you’ve ever seen before and of course we haven’t seen it so why didn’t you develop a health plan

It is developed it is fully developed it’s going to be announced very soon when we see what happens with obamacare if the supreme court ends this obamacare um well we’re going to have to see what happens i think i i hope that they end it

It’ll be so good of them and if they end up people with pre-existing conditions will be stranded and that’s just a fact it’s wrong it’s wrong a new plan will happen but we won’t do anything will and is we won’t do anything and no plan unless we have pre-existing conditions covered with

Little more than a week till the election the president has been barnstorming the swing states where the polls are tight including florida wisconsin pennsylvania and here in michigan can you characterize your supporters yeah i think i can people that love our country more than anything else and they like to

See our country thrive but do you think that when you hold rallies and encourage people to say lock her up the way i don’t encourage them they say it and you enjoy it you don’t deleted she deleted 33 000 emails after she got a subpoena from the united

States congress but why is this still an issue why do people they’re not going to vote that’s an issue she ran last time excuse me when they say lock up it’s not me they say it it starts you enjoying it i don’t encourage you yes no if i mention her name about something

They go crazy well what about the governor of michigan governor gretchen whitmer was the target of a kidnapping plot by an armed militia group it was our justice department that is the one that’s helping her yes my justice department if you call it that howard justice department that’s helping her

And you know people aren’t so they’re not liking her so much because she’s got everybody locked down you got to get your governor to open up your state okay [Applause] lock them all up you are very powerful and the people who love you love you with passion and if you go after somebody

The way you’ve been going after her they take it to heart and they then there are plots and threats and the same with doctor you did i’ve helped her it was our justice department you criticized her oh i do criticize her yeah well i think she locked down michigan is a disgrace

The way she closed churches in michigan is a disgrace i yeah i think it’s disgraceful what she’s done i do you want a lot and by the way that’s other of course i don’t want to lock her up why would i lock her because you were in front of a rally of people

Saying it encouraging it leslie it’s such a vicious thing you just said i never said lock up the governor of michigan i would never say that do you take any responsibility for the country being divided against itself do you feel that i’d like not to but you know perhaps everybody has to

Take a little responsibility for it but when people put out phony witch hunts you know when they spy in your campaign you have to fight back and if you don’t fight back you’re not sitting here very long you go back home you go back home to mommy the president’s accusations against the

Biden family the abrupt end of our conversation and vice president mike pence’s assessment of what happened when we return as we moved from subject to subject our conversation grew more tense president trump brought up what he calls the unfairness of the fake media most prominently a lack of coverage of his unproven and

Unverified charges that former vice president joe biden and his son hunter have received millions of dollars in corrupt payments from a russian oligarch and a chinese billionaire the story will continue in a moment i wish you would interview joe biden like you interview me it would be so good you know what you

Like this i thought i thought you i don’t mind it i don’t mind but when i watch him walk out of a store and he’s walking with a ice cream and the question the media asks him what kind of ice cream what flavor ice cream do you have

And he’s in the midst of a scandal he’s not and he’s taking course he is leslie come on of course he is it’s the biggest second biggest scandal so the biggest scandal was when they spied on my campaign they spied on my campaign there’s no real evidence of that

Of course there is it’s all over the place leslie they spied on my campaign and they got called can i say something you know this is 60 minutes and we can’t put on things we can’t verify put it on because it’s bad for abiding we can’t put on things we can’t verify leslie

They spied on my campaign well we can’t very well i’m totally verified no it’s been just go down and get the papers they spied on my campaign they got caught no and then they went much further than that and they got caught and you will see

That leslie and you know that but you just don’t want to put it as a matter of fact i don’t know that okay and you’re out so why don’t you get back to your interview and let’s go do you think that your tweets and your name calling are turning people off no i

Think i wouldn’t be here if i didn’t have social media but the media is fake and frankly if i didn’t have social media i’d have no way of getting out my voice do you know what you told me a long time ago when i asked why you keep saying fake

Media yeah you said to me i say that because i need to dis uh discredit you so that when you say negative things about me no one will believe i don’t have to discredit you but that’s what you discredited yourself you know i didn’t want to have this kind of anger she did

No i didn’t no i didn’t well then you brought up a lot of subjects well i said i’m going to ask you tough questions they were inappropriately brought up right from the beginning no your first question was this is going to be tough questions why you don’t ask joe biden

I saw your interview with joe the interviewer i never did a joke it was a joke the interview 60 minutes i see joe biden giving softball after softball i’ve seen all of his interviews he’s never been asked a question that’s hard okay but forget him for a minute no

But you are the president your president excuse me leslie you started with me your first statement was are you ready for tough questions are you that’s no way to talk there’s no way to talk leslie at this point one of our producers interrupted to advise about the time remaining in the interview

I think we have enough of an interview here hope okay that’s enough let’s go let’s go uh let’s go meet for two seconds okay thanks i’ll see you in a little while thanks be careful we were scheduled to take a walk with the president around the white house grounds

I’ve got a lot of questions i didn’t ask while we waited to see if the president was coming back his press secretary kaylee mcanini came in with a hand delivery leslie the president wanted me to deliver his healthcare plan it’s a little heavy oh my god this is his healthcare plan

Yes okay koat thank you you’re welcome and the vice president will be with you shortly okay and the president’s not coming back uh the president’s giving you a lot of time it was heavy filled with executive orders congressional initiatives but no comprehensive health plan hello leslie hi mr vice president

While our interview with the president did not go forward the one scheduled with the vice president did so what just happened with the president leslie uh president trump is a man who speaks his mind i think it’s one of the great strengths that he’s had but he was president of

The united states is that the american people always know where they stand and he’s always ready and the american people know that in this time it’s it’s it’s less about the back and forth with the media and it’s it’s really more about how we bring this country all the way back

We then asked the vice president to put on his hat as the head of the white house coronavirus task force dr fauci you know the president said that he’s a disaster and he and the other public health officials around him are idiots do you care to comment on that

The scientists who’ve worked around the white house coronavirus task force who will meet again today here at the white house have provided a great public service they brought the perspective of scientists all along the way and i have a i have a strong relationship with dr fauci and dr burks

But remember the president of the united states has to consider the whole of america the president’s been balancing the broad interests of the country uh and the health of the american people and we’ll continue to do that every day so let’s say there’s a mother out there

Let’s say in a hot spot in wisconsin and she’s wondering whether she should send her children to school now what’s your advice leslie we got to get our kids back in school and i would say to that mother or any mother that we’re going to continue to work our hearts out

To make sure that those schools have the testing have the ppe have the supplies they need to get our kids back where they belong safe and sound in the classroom so are you saying she should send the kids back should the kids wear masks i think they should adhere to whatever criteria

The school administrators and local health officials determined to be appropriate but really again i want to say the american academy of pediatricians made it clear early on that distance learning this online learning is no substitute for being in the classroom what about thanksgiving should people feel safe to get together

With their family with their grandparents with their aunts and uncles thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays me too and and i’m looking forward to it with our family with a big with extended i think that’s a decision every american family can make based on the circumstances in their community the

Vulnerability of particular family members you know one of the things we apprehended early on is that seniors particularly those with serious underlying health conditions are the most at risk for a serious outcome if they contract the coronavirus and so families may make a decision that that certain elderly family members might

Take a pass but but i think the difference between president trump and me and and some of the public voices in this debate over the last year has been we trust the american people nora o’donnell talks with former vice president joe biden and is running mate senator kamala harris when we come back

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