Trump to '60 Minutes' Stahl: Washington Is A Vicious Place; "In My Way, I Feel Very Comfortable Here"


President Trump speaks to '60 Minutes' correspondent Lesley Stahl about Kim Jong Un, Christine Blasey Ford, the midterms, Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Vladimir Putin and more. Watch '60 Minutes Overtime' to watch material that didn't make it to Sunday's broadcast.

"Nobody's been able to do what I've been able to do," Trump told Stahl. "Remember that. When you look at taxes, you look at regulations, you look at-- making deals with other countries. Nobody's been able to do anything like this. Actually, most people didn't even try because they knew they didn't have the ability to do it. But it's a very deceptive world. The other thing I've really learned is I never knew how dishonest the media was. I-- I-- and I really mean it. I'm not saying that as a sound bite."

Trump said that he feels "very comfortable" as president now, but that he doesn't "trust everybody in the White House." He called it "a little surreal" to say that he is now the president of the United States.

"The first lady, Melania. She said that there are still people in the White House that she doesn't trust and that you shouldn't trust," Stahl said.

"I feel the same way," the president responded. "I don't trust everybody in the White House, I'll be honest with you."

Stahl asked Trump if he believes people are wearing wires.

"Not so much a wire. I'm usually guarded. And I think I'm guarded anyway. But I'm not saying I trust everybody in the White House. I'm not a baby. It's a tough business," the president said Sunday night.

"This is a vicious place," Trump said. "Washington DC is a vicious, vicious place. The attacks, the bad mouthing, the speaking behind your back. You know, and in my way, I feel very comfortable here."

"I felt comfortable at the beginning, other than it was a little surreal to say I'm the president of the United States, but I think that's true with everybody," he said.

Trump said had he not called out Christine Blasey Ford at a 'MAGA rally' in Mississippi after her testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, "we would not have won."

"You go out and you go to Mississippi," Stahl said to Trump.

"The famous Mississippi speech?" the president responded.

"You mimicked Professor Blasey Ford. You mimicked her," Stahl told him.

"Had I not made that speech, we would not have won," Trump said of the confirmation of Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh. "I was just saying she didn't seem to know anything."

"They're babies, the political people. This is the most deceptive, vicious world. It is vicious, it's full of lies, deceit and deception. You make a deal with somebody and it's like making a deal with-- that table," Trump later said of the media.

Transcript of the interview, via CBS News:

Lesley Stahl: Do you still think that climate change is a hoax?

President Donald Trump: I think something's happening. Something's changing and it'll change back again. I don't think it's a hoax, I think there's probably a difference. But I don't know that it's manmade. I will say this. I don't wanna give trillions and trillions of dollars. I don't wanna lose millions and millions of jobs. I don't wanna be put at a disadvantage.

Lesley Stahl: I wish you could go to Greenland, watch these huge chunks of ice just falling into the ocean, raising the sea levels.

President Donald Trump: And you don't know whether or not that would have happened with or without man. You don't know.

Lesley Stahl: Well, your scientists, your scientists--

President Donald Trump: No, we have--

Lesley Stahl: At NOAA and NASA--

President Donald Trump: We have scientists that disagree with that.

Lesley Stahl: You know, I-- I was thinking what if he said, "No, I've seen the hurricane situations, I've changed my mind. There really is climate change." And I thought, "Wow, what an impact."

President Donald Trump: Well-- I'm not denying.

Lesley Stahl: What an impact that would make.

President Donald Trump: I'm not denying climate change. But it could very well go back. You know, we're talkin' about over a millions--

Lesley Stahl: But that's denying it.

President Donald Trump: --of years. They say that we had hurricanes that were far worse than what we just had with Michael.

Lesley Stahl: Who says that? "They say"?

President Donald Trump: People say. People say that in the--

Lesley Stahl: Yeah, but what about the scientists who say it's worse than ever?

President Donald Trump: You'd have to show me the scientists because they have a very big political agenda, Lesley.

Lesley Stahl: I can't bring them in.

President Donald Trump: Look, scientists also have a political agenda.

President Trump vows "severe punishment" if Saudi Arabia is behind disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi
Lesley Stahl: Jamal Khashoggi, the journalist--

President Donald Trump: Yes. Yes.

Lesley Stahl: the Saudi journalist, was he murdered by the Saudis? And did the prince give the order to kill him?

President Donald Trump: Nobody knows yet, but we'll probably be able to find out. It's being investigated. It's being looked at very, very strongly. And we would be very upset and angry if that were the case. As of this moment, they deny it. And den-- deny it vehemently. Could it be them? Yes.

Lesley Stahl: Jared, your son-in-law. Got on the phone and asked the prince. Did he deny it? Did he--

President Donald Trump: They deny it. They deny it every way you can imagine. In the not-too-distant future, I think we'll know an answer.

Lesley Stahl: What are you options? Let's say they did. What are your options? Would you consider imposing sanctions, as a bipartisan group of senators have proposed?

President Donald Trump: Well, it depends on what the sanction is. I'll give ya an example. They are ordering military equipment. Everybody in the world wanted that order. Russia wanted it, China wanted it, we wanted it. We got it.

Lesley Stahl: So would you cut that off--

President Donald Trump: I tell you what I don't wanna do. Boeing, Lockheed, Raytheon, all these com-- I don't wanna hurt jobs. I don't wanna lose an order like that. There are other ways of-- punishing, to use a word that's a pretty harsh word, but it's true.

Lesley Stahl: Tell everybody what's at stake here. You know---

President Donald Trump: Well, there's a lot at stake. There's a lot at stake. And maybe especially so because this man was a reporter. There's something-- you'll be surprised to hear me say that. There's something really terrible and disgusting about that, if that were the case. So we're gonna have to see. We're going to get to the bottom of it and there will be severe punishment.


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