President Donald Trump told the veteran journalist Lesley Stahl of the CBS program 60 Minutes that he bashes the press to “demean” and “discredit” reporters so that the public will not believe “negative stories” about him, Stahl said.
Stahl said she and her boss met with Trump at his office in Trump Tower in Manhattan after the 2016 election in advance of a recorded sit-down interview for 60 Minutes. “I said, ‘You know, this is getting tired. Why are you doing it over and over? It’s boring and it’s time to end that. You know, you’ve won, why do you keep hammering at this?'” Stahl recalled.
“And he said: ‘You know why I do it? I do it to discredit you all and demean you all so that when you write negative stories about me no one will believe you.'”