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During his first 100 days in office, President Trump has largely turned to friendly hosts at Fox News to conduct television interviews. In fact, five of his first seven television interviews since becoming president have been with Fox News hosts, a network he has repeatedly praised since taking office.
Just one television interview, a sit down with ABC’s David Muir following the inauguration, has been with a major news network.
Now we see why.
During a pre-recorded interview with CBS host John Dickerson on Face the Nation (which Trump jokingly described as Deface the Nation), the president abruptly cut the interview short and suggested that Dickerson leave the Oval Office after being pressed on the unsubstantiated claims that President Obama ordered wiretaps on Trump Towers.
So far, the White House has not provided any evidence to support the wiretapping claims Trump tweeted out on March 4, which have been widely debunked by intelligence officials, former Obama staffers, and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.
How low has President Obama gone to tapp my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
Trump told Dickerson that his claims that Obama wiretapped him have been “proven very strongly,” but when pressed Trump said, “I don’t stand by anything. You can take it the way you want.”
Dickerson continued to press Trump on the accusation and asked specifically about one Twitter post where Trump described Obama as “bad” and “sick.”
“You don’t have to ask me,” Trump interrupted, attempting to cut of Dickerson’s inquiry about the accusations.
“Why not?” Dickerson shot back.
“Because I have my own opinions. You can have your own opinions,” an agitated Trump insisted.
“But I want to know your opinions,” Dickerson responded. “You’re the president of the United States.”
Trump, growing more agitated, declared, “That’s enough. Thank you. Thank you very much,” before walking away from Dickerson and sitting down at the Oval Office.
Watch (the exchange begins around the 7:30 mark)
The footage of Trump growing increasingly annoyed with Dickerson didn’t air on Sunday. It was broadcast on Monday’s episode of CBS This Morning, where anchor Gayle King commented on the awkward exchange with the president.
“Well, he was done with that conversation,” King said before asking Dickerson if he was forcibly removed from the Oval Office.
“I think it was pretty clear that I was to escort myself out, or I would be escorted out,” Dickerson said. “It was time for our conversation to be over.”
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