‘Puff piece’: President Trump was not pleased with ’60 Minutes’ Nancy Pelosi interviewApril 15, 2019
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump ripped CBS’ iconic newsmagazine program “60 Minutes” on Twitter for what he called its “puff piece” interview with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday.
In the interview, Pelosi said Trump knows he is unfit for office, repeated her assertion that he is committing an “assault on the Constitution” and mocked his claim that he hasn’t released his tax returns because he is under audit.
“Such a ‘puff piece’ on Nancy Pelosi by @60minutes, yet her leadership has passed no meaningful Legislation,” Trump tweeted.
Pelosi later responded with a tweet of her own.
“Thanks for watching!” she said. “We will continue to do our work.”
Such a “puff piece” on Nancy Pelosi by @60minutes, yet her leadership has passed no meaningful Legislation. All they do is Investigate, as it turns out, crimes that they instigated & committed. The Mueller No Collusion decision wasn’t even discussed-and she was a disaster at W.H.
During the interview, “60 Minutes” correspondent Leslie Stahl asked Pelosi about the criticism that she does not “reach across the aisle” and that what does get passed just “dies in the Senate.”
“We just started,” Pelosi said. She pointed to the “awesome” power of the speaker to “set the agenda and expressed hope that she could find bipartisan support for issues like migrants who entered the U.S. illegally as children, gun safety and infrastructure.
Pelosi said that Trump is not “so horrible” that “we can’t work together.”
“All they do is Investigate, as it turns out, crimes that they instigated & committed,” Trump said in his tweet criticizing the interview. He also said, “The Mueller No Collusion decision wasn’t even discussed.”
When asked about Attorney General William Barr’s summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s conclusions, and whether she thought Barr might be “covering anything up,” Pelosi said, “I have no idea.”
“He may be whitewashing, but I don’t know if he’s covering anything up. There’s no use having that discussion. All we need to do is see the Mueller report,” she said.
The president did not specify what crimes congressional Democrats have committed, but he has variously accused members of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, the Justice Department and Congress of “colluding” with Russia and “spying.”
On Monday, Trump tweeted, “THEY SPIED ON MY CAMPAIGN (We will never forget)!”
THEY SPIED ON MY CAMPAIGN (We will never forget)!
Trump also tweeted that Pelosi “was a disaster at W.H.,” in an apparent reference to their contentious meeting on immigration and the border wall in December just before a record-long government shutdown.
Pelosi told Stahl that she tried to tell Trump, “Let’s not have this conversation in the public domain because you’re saying things that we have to contradict because they’re not true.”
“You want them to see that you don’t know what you’re talking about?”
Trump sent another tweeted attacking Pelosi on Monday, after the House speaker accused him of engaging in “hateful and inflammatory rhetoric” by tweeting a “dangerous” video about Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and a remark she made about 9/11.
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“Before Nancy, who has lost all control of Congress and is getting nothing done, decides to defend her leader, Rep. Omar, she should look at the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and ungrateful U.S. HATE statements Omar has made,” Trump tweeted. “She is out of control, except for her control of Nancy!”
Before Nancy, who has lost all control of Congress and is getting nothing done, decides to defend her leader, Rep. Omar, she should look at the anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and ungrateful U.S. HATE statements Omar has made. She is out of control, except for her control of Nancy!
Omar has sparked controversy on several occasions since her election in the 2018 midterms and has been accused of engaging in anti-Semitic tropes with her criticisms of Israel. Pelosi introduced a resolution condemning hate as a result of Omar’s remarks, but was derided by conservatives for failing to call out Omar by name.
Stahl asked Pelosi about handling the “left flank” of her party in the House, including Omar and “self-described socialists” like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
“That’s like five people,” Pelosi countered.
She said Democrats, “whatever orientation they came to Congress with,” have to “hold the center” and “go down the mainstream.”
“I do reject socialism as an economic system,” she said. “If people have that view, that’s their view. That is not the view of the Democratic Party.”
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When asked her opinion of Trump, Pelosi said, “There’s nobody in the country who knows better that he should not be president of the United States than Donald Trump.”
But she said the government is “built on a strong foundation to withstand everything including the current occupant of the White House.”
“I don’t think for two terms though.”
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