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Trump cuts a ‘60 Minutes’ interview short, and then taunts Lesley Stahl on Twitter.

ImageLesley Stahl of “60 Minutes” in a CBS promotion of her coming interviews with President Trump and Joseph R. Biden Jr. 

President Trump abruptly cut off an interview with the “60 Minutes” star Lesley Stahl at the White House on Tuesday and then taunted her on Twitter, posting a short behind-the-scenes video of her at the taping and noting that she had not been wearing a mask.

The bizarre events occurred after Mr. Trump had grown irritated with Ms. Stahl’s lines of questioning, according to two people familiar with the circumstances of the taping.

One person briefed on what took place said that Mr. Trump had spent more than 45 minutes filming with Ms. Stahl and her CBS News crew, and that the taping had not wrapped up when the president’s aides had expected it to.

So Mr. Trump cut the interview short, and then declined to participate in a “walk and talk” segment with Ms. Stahl and Vice President Mike Pence, the people said.

Shortly afterward, Mr. Trump posted a six-second video clip on his Twitter account that appeared to show Ms. Stahl at the White House after the interview ended. “Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes not wearing a mask in the White House after her interview with me,” Mr. Trump wrote, adding, “Much more to come.”

In fact, Ms. Stahl had worn a mask at the White House up until the start of her taping with Mr. Trump, including when she first greeted the president, according to a person familiar with the interview.

The video posted by Mr. Trump shows Ms. Stahl immediately after the interview ended, as she conferred with two CBS producers, both of whom were wearing masks. The CBS crew was tested for the coronavirus prior to entering the White House on Tuesday, the person said.

Ms. Stahl has interviewed Mr. Trump twice since the 2016 election, including his first televised interview after winning the presidency. She also filmed with Mr. Trump at the White House in October 2018. Ms. Stahl was hospitalized with the coronavirus in the spring and has since recovered.

The president and Mr. Pence were participating in a “60 Minutes” episode set to air on Sunday. The episode is also expected to feature interviews with Mr. Trump’s Democratic opponent, Joseph R. Biden Jr., and his running mate, Senator Kamala Harris of California.

Mr. Biden taped his interview with the “CBS Evening News” anchor Norah O’Donnell on Monday. He has not yet tweeted about it.


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