CBS News’ Scott Pelley sat down with Biden for an interview largely focused on the Israel-Hamas crisis
Former President Trump tore into “60 Minutes” for its easy treatment of President Biden Sunday, declaring the long-running news program “highly partisan.”
Biden, who rarely grants interviews, sat down for the second time in his presidency with CBS News’ Scott Pelley for an interview primarily focused on America’s response to the ongoing Israel-Hamas crisis.
Trump, who is aiming for a rematch against Biden in 2024, took to Truth Social telling his followers that “60 Minutes” should be “ashamed of themselves.”
“They just interviewed Crooked Joe Biden, and led him along like a lost child,” Trump wrote Sunday night. “Each question contained the answer, and was so weakly and apologetically asked that it was a JOKE which should be considered a campaign contribution to the Democrat Party.”
“Why should CBS get free public airwaves for this highly partisan ‘show,’ which never apologized to me for the mistakes they made on the ‘Laptop from Hell?’ They are protecting Biden even though he is the most corrupt and incompetent President in the history of the United States,” he continued.
Trump alluded to his combative “60 Minutes” interview with CBS News’ Lesley Stahl where she famously laughed off the Hunter Biden scandal in the final weeks of the 2020 election and told the then-president that the newly-surfaced laptop could not be verified.
The 2024 GOP frontrunner further railed against CBS News during a campaign event in Iowa on Monday.
“Did you see [Biden] on ‘60 Minutes’ last night?” Trump asked the crowd. “The questions- ‘Isn’t it true that you really like Israel a lot and that you’ll do this and this,’ and he goes ‘Yes.’ ‘Isn’t it true…’ – they don’t treat me that way on ‘60 Minutes!’”
Ahead of the interview, Pelley offered his viewers a disclaimer about Biden’s condition.
“Late Thursday, we met President Biden at the White House. It had been a rough week, and we could see it on him. Mr. Biden will be 81 next month, and he has said that when he’s tired, his life-long stutter can creep back in,” Pelley said.
Some of the questions Pelley posed to Biden that Trump satirized included, “Why do you feel so strongly about speaking to these families [of American hostages in Gaza] personally on Zoom?,” “Is getting the American hostages back safely among your highest priorities now?,” “Does the dysfunction that we’ve seen in Congress increase the danger in the world?” and “Why do you feel so strongly? What does Israel mean to you?”
Pelley previously interviewed Biden in September 2022. It is rare for anyone to secure one interview with the current president let alone multiple.
President Biden has been criticized for his “friendly” sit-downs, even by members of the legacy media.
“They pretty much made it clear that I don’t think they – they see that they may be meeting that standard by putting the president up for interviews with, I would say, friendly talk show hosts and maybe getting their message out on social media,” New York Times reporter Zolan Kanno-Youngs said at last month’s Texas Tribune Festival.