After filming crews were set up at the White House on Monday, Trump sat with host Leslie Stahl for 45 minutes on Tuesday before abruptly ending the interview and telling the network that he believed they had enough material to use, according to two sources.
CBS News did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment.
With nearly two weeks since the election, Trump has spent the week launching sporadic attacks, furious at photos depicting his campaign as doomed to failure. His truncated “60 Minutes” recording, followed by a mysterious tweet accusing Stahl of not wearing a mask in the White House, appeared to be an extension of what was already infuriating Trump as he entered the final days of the campaign.
The interview is scheduled to air on Sunday.
Facing a massive deficit in national polls against Biden, Trump has become a belligerent this week, leveling accusations and insults as time runs out to recapture voters.
Dr. Anthony Fauci on Monday described it as a “disaster” and accused the media of being “a criminal” for not covering the unfounded accusations against Biden.
On Tuesday morning, Trump called on the attorney general to act “quickly” to start an investigation based on unfounded accusations before the election. He accused Thursday’s organizing committee of bias after it announced that the candidates’ microphones would be muted in the event sections.
While Trump remains optimistic about his chances of winning, his road to re-election is narrowing because ballots in states he won in 2016 show Biden is advancing. Trump appeared pissed off at stories indicating his campaign was doomed to defeat and questioned why the Republicans were alienating themselves.
Trump admitted as he stood on a runway in Arizona on Monday that he was upset.
“I’m not running scared,” Trump told reporters. “I think I’m running angry.”
In a 2018 interview, Stahl challenged Trump about his views on climate change and Russian interference in elections. While it became controversial at times, Trump continued the session.
Stahl previously said that during an off-camera conversation with Trump in 2016, when he was running for president, he admitted that his attacks on the press were aimed at discrediting negative stories that emerged from him.
He said, “You know why I’m doing that?” I do it to smear you all and insult you all, so when you write negative stories about me, nobody will believe you. ”He said it, Stahl said.