Trump Ends CBS Interview Over Obama Wiretap Questions
"There has been no relationship," Trump said of Obama during an interview from the Oval Office.
President Donald Trump ended an interview with CBS' John Dickerson after several questions about his relationship with former President Barack Obama.
In a pretaped segment from the White House Oval Office, Trump spoke to the Face of the Nation host in an interview that aired Monday on CBS This Morning. The piece included a tour of Trump's Oval, where the president spoke about how he made the iconic room his own, even revealing what happens when you press the red button on the Resolute desk. ("It gets you a Coke or gets you a Pepsi," he said.)
The interview finished on an abrupt note, however, when Dickerson began to ask Trump if he has received any advice about the magnitude of the office from the former president.
Trump, who had a successful meeting with Obama ahead of his inauguration, said they've "had some difficulties" since his taking office.
"He was very nice to me but after that, we've had some difficulties," said Trump. "Words are less important to me than deeds. And you saw what happened with surveillance.... I think that was inappropriate."
When Dickerson pressed him on what he meant, Trump replied, "You can figure that out yourself."
The host reminded Trump that he called Obama "sick and bad," which prompted Trump to say Obama was nice when they met but that after that, "there has been no relationship."
Dickerson then asked if Trump stands by his claim that Obama wiretapped him during the campaign. No evidence has yet been offered to back up the allegation.
"I don't stand by anything. You can take it the way you want," said Trump. "I think our side's been proven very strongly. And everybody's talking about it. And frankly it should be discussed. I think that is a very big surveillance of our citizens. I think it's a very big topic. And it's a topic that should be number one. And we should find out what the hell is going on."
When asked specifically about the name-calling, Trump said, "You can take it any way you want. You don't have to ask me."
"Why not?" asked Dickerson.
"Because I have my own opinions. You can have your own opinions," replied Trump.
"But I want to know your opinions. You're the president of the United States," said Dickerson.
"OK, it's enough. Thank you," said Trump, stepping away and effectively ending the interview.
When speaking to the co-hosts of CBS This Morning, Dickerson summed up the moment by saying, "[Trump] thinks basically what he said before, which is that President Obama, as he wrote in that tweet, tapped him."
Adding, "It was pretty clear I was to escort myself out or I would be moved along. It was time for our conversation to be over."