Trump cuts CBS interview short over this one question

President Donald Trump abruptly ended an interview with “CBS This Morning” Monday after reporter John Dickerson turned the discussion to the president’s past claims that former President Barack Obama wiretapped Trump Tower.

“I don’t stand by anything,” Trump said when Dickerson asked if the president maintained his position that Obama had placed his 2016 presidential campaign under surveillance. “I just, you can take it the way you want. I think our side’s been proven very strongly. And everybody’s talking about it. And frankly, it should be discussed.”

Trump in March fired off several tweets from his personal account claiming that Obama had placed both his campaign and Trump Tower under surveillance.

A day after Trump made the Twitter accusations, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper denied the president’s claims during an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“There was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president, the president-elect at the time, as a candidate or against his campaign,” Clapper said.

Later, during Monday’s Oval Office interview, Dickerson also asked Trump about his current relationship with Obama. Trump admitted that the two “had some difficulties” in the past regarding “what happened with surveillance,” and that currently there is “no relationship” between the two presidents.

Dickerson later encouraged Trump to expound on his March tweets in which he referred to the Obama as “sick” and “bad” while claiming that Obama had put his campaign under surveillance.

“You’re the president of the United States,” Dickerson said, asking for clarification on Trump’s Twitter accusations against Obama. “You said he was ‘sick’ and ‘bad’ because he had tapped you.”

When Dickerson asked what Trump meant by “sick” and “bad,” Trump shut down the question immediately and answered, “You can take it any way you want.”

Trump repeatedly refused to answer as Dickerson continued to press the question while claiming that he wanted to hear the answer straight from the president’s mouth and not from the so-called “fake news” media. The president appeared to grow more impatient with the tenor of the conversation as the two continually interrupted one another: Dickerson pushed for answers that Trump was clearly not giving.

Trump finally addressed Dickerson’s questions and said, “Because I have my own opinions. You can have your own opinions.”

Dickerson responded, “But I want to know your opinions. You’re the president of the United States.”

A visibly agitated Trump then abruptly ended the interview by walking away from Dickerson and toward the Oval Office desk, saying, “OK, That’s enough. Thank you, thank you very much,” before sitting down and ignoring CBS’ cameras entirely.