DONALD Trump locked horns with a reporter in a heated TV interview.
He told CBS correspondent Lesley Stahl “I’m President and you’re not” during exchanges over Brett Kavanaugh and Russia.
The pair also batted-around North Korea, the Mueller investigation and climate change during Sunday’s 30 min head-to-head.
It was Trump’s first appearance on 60 Minutes since he entered the White House.
At one point Stahl challenges on his comments about Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.
Trump denied he “made fun of her” before saying: “I’m not going to get into it because we won. It doesn’t matter. We won.”
Trump says he got tough at the Helsinki meeting with Putin[/caption]
The Predient doubled down on his assertion that there was no collusion with the Kremlin.
Trump said: “I think it’s a very unfair investigation because there was no collusion of any kind.”
Pressed if he would vow on camera to shut down the investigation, he replied: “Why should I pledge to you? If I pledge, I’ll pledge.
“I don’t have to pledge to you.”
He added: “Do you really think I’d call Russia to help me with an election? Give me a break.
“They wouldn’t be able to help me at all. Call Russia. It’s so ridiculous.”
He did agree that Russia had meddled in elections but added: “They — they meddled. But I think China meddled too.”
Trump said he got “tough” with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting in Helsinki in July.
He said: “It was a very tough meeting and it was a very good meeting.”
Asked about Putin’s involvement in assassinating political foes, Trump said, “Probably he is, yeah.”
“But I rely on them, it’s not in our country.”
On Brett Kavanaugh
He discussed his defence of Brett Kavanaugh after sex attack claims[/caption]
Stahl challenged Trump over “making fun” of Brett Kavanuagh’s alleged sex attack accuser Christine Blasey Ford.
She pointed out his audience was clapping and laughing as he challenged her testimony at a rally in Mississippi earlier this month.
He said: “Had I not made that speech, we would not have won.
“I was just saying she didn’t seem to know anything.”
“Do you think you treated her with respect?” Stahl asked.
Trump replied: “I think so, yeah. I did.”
On North Korea
Stahl also pressed him on comments he made after meeting North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un.
Trump told supporter they wrote each other “beautiful letters and fell in love”.
“You love him?” Stahl asked.
“That’s just a figure of speech,” Trump replied.
But “he’s a bad guy,” she pressed.
“Look. Let it be whatever it is. I get along with him really well. I have a good energy with him.
“I have a good chemistry with him.
“Look at the horrible threats that were made. No more threats. No more threats.”
Trump defended his zero-tolerance immigration policy and separating children from their parents at the border.
He said: “The same as the Obama law. You know, Obama had the same thing.”
Stahl said that Obama did not enforce the law.
Trump added: “When you don’t do it, when you allow the parents to stay together, okay, when you allow that, then what happens is people are gonna pour into our country.”
He said: “There have to be consequences, Lesley, for coming into our country illegally.”
Trump blamed himself for attracting illegal immigrants by making the US economy so strong.
On the anonymous New York Time op-ed
Trump suggested the paper could have authored the controversial whistle-blowing article.
He said: “You don’t know how dishonest The New York Times is. It could’ve been The New York Times.
“I doubt it. But it could’ve been.”
“Okay. I doubt it too,” Stahl said.
On climate change
Trump denied that Hurricane Michael and other “super storms” were proof of climate change.
He said: “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.”
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On being President
Trump says th term ‘Mr President’ took some getting used to[/caption]
In a lighter moment, Trump said it was “surreal” to refer to himself as the president.
“Now I very much feel like POTUS. I do.
“I feel like the president. You know, for a little while, it’s like ‘Mr. President, sir.’
“Even my friends, they don’t call me Donald, they call me Mr. President.”
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