“60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl revealed on Tuesday that President Trump once told her that he attacks the press so no one will believe the negative stories written about him.
“And at one point he started to attack the press, and it’s just me and my boss and him … he’s attacking the press and there were no cameras, there was nothing going on,” Stahl said during an appearance at the Deadline Club awards dinner.
“And I said, ‘You know that is getting tired, why are you doing this? You are doing it over and over, it’s boring, it’s time to end that. You won the nomination, why do you keep hammering at this?’ ”
“And he said, ‘You know why I do it? I do it to demean you all and discredit you all, so that when you write negative stories about me no one will believe you,’ ” Stahl said.
Stahl said that the conversation took place when she met with the then-GOP presidential nominee at Trump Tower in July 2016.
Trump has repeatedly attacked the media as “fake news” since his campaign.
The Failing New York Times purposely wrote a false story stating that I am unhappy with my legal team on the Russia case and am going to add another lawyer to help out. Wrong. I am VERY happy with my lawyers, John Dowd, Ty Cobb and Jay Sekulow. They are doing a great job and…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 11, 2018