Lesley Stahl: Trump Told Me Privately He Attacks The Media So People Won’t Believe Negative Stories


President Trump has had an antagonistic relationship with the press for years, but 60 MinutesLesley Stahl revealed last night that Trump once explained why he continues his barrage of attacks so much.

Stahl spoke with PBS NewsHour‘s Judy Woodruff last night at the Deadline Club Awards Dinner to talk about journalism and the President’s relationship with the press.

At one point, Stahl reflected on her post-election interview with the President-elect and how prior to it she met with him in Trump Tower, calling Trump “exactly the same” off-camera as he is on-camera.

Trump teed off on the press in their private meeting, and Stahl said she told him, “That is getting tired. Why are you doing this?… it’s boring and it’s time to end that.”

And then, Stahl said, Trump responded thusly:

“You know why I do it? I do it to discredit you all and demean you all so when you write negative stories about me, no one will believe you.”

“So put that in your head for a minute,” she added.

Trump has very publicly decried fake news over and over and over since the campaign, even tweeting recently, “The Fake News is working overtime. Just reported that, despite the tremendous success we are having with the economy & all things else, 91% of the Network News about me is negative (Fake).

You can watch the video above (the relevant part starts at the 21-minute mark), via the Deadline Club.

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