Six takeaways from Trump's '60 Minutes' interview


So many of Stahl's questions seemed premised on the notion that Trump could be brought to reason through earnest questioning that treaded somewhat lightly - but that signaled to viewers at home a certain set of values. He did just that Sunday when he insisted he did not mock Christine Blasey Ford's testimony in the Brett Kavanaugh hearing when that's exactly what he did in the most despicable fashion. Here are the other notable moments from Trump's "60 Minutes" appearance. Trump and Stahl had a much more contentious interview than Mrs. Trump and ABC correspondent Tom Llamas, but, reflecting on their chat, Stahl told her coanchors that to her it felt as though Trump truly "enjoyed" sparring with her.

"I feel the same way", Trump said. Something's changing and it'll change back again. I don't think it's a hoax.... But I don't know that it's manmade. But even for Trump critics (count me in), a larger revelation overwhelms them, at least in terms of tone and comportment: Trump was appealing in the way he handled himself.

Trump's patience ran out on Stahl as she was grilling him on the same topics that the mainstream media's attention has been nailed to lately. But not only is Trump unwilling to say he'd do that, he stresses the complications of the relationship, both as it affects US business interests and, implicitly, military alliances.

Stahl also pressed Trump about his overtures to Kim, the third-generation dictator of North Korea.

"There are some people that I'm not happy with". I mean - I'm not a baby. He added: "I have a good energy with him". There's something- you'll be surprised to hear me say that.

Lesley Stahl: I know, but why do you love that guy?

The speculation on the possibility of Mattis leaving rose with the recent publication of "Fear", a narrative of backbiting within Trump's administration by celebrated journalist Bob Woodward.

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Stahl asked Trump if he would pledge not to shut down Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. If I pledge, I'll pledge.

"I like NATO, NATO's fine", Trump told interviewer Lesley Stahl.

Trump also accused scientists who say hurricanes are getting more frequent and intense because of climate change of having "a very big political agenda". There is no collusion. Boeing, Lockheed, Raytheon, all these com - I don't want to hurt jobs.

President Trump: Sure. I know all these things. If I pledge, I'll pledge.

Trump proved yet again that he is incapable of self-reflection when he responded to a question about his regrets by trashing the media.

Trump was repeatedly and expressly asked whether he would reinstate the policy of separating immigrant parents and children at the US-Mexico border, but would not give a straight answer, saying "we're looking at a lot of things".