President Trump was interviewed by Stahl for a 60 minutes prime-time last Thursday, but he stormed out 38 minutes after being questioned by the reporter.
After breaking off the interview, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany walked up to Stahl and introduced him to what the president later described as the Trump administration’s health plan.
Ms McEnany warned Stahl that the book was a bit heavy, and during the interview which aired on Sunday, the reporter could be heard saying “I can’t lift it.”
In a Twitter post after the interview was filmed, President Trump bragged about Ms McEnany as gifting the massive book to Stahl.
He tweeted: “Kayleigh McEnany introduces Lesley Stahl (@ 60Minutes) to some of the many things we’ve done for health. Lesley had no idea!
However, in a voiceover by Stahl during the 60 minutes episode Sunday, she said the book did not contain a comprehensive health plan.
“President Trump’s press secretary Kayleigh McEnany gave us a heavy book that she described as the President’s health care plan.
“It was filled with executive orders and initiatives from Congress, but no comprehensive health plan,” Stahl said.
In an interview with Forbes, Stahl added that everything featured in the book was already in the public domain, but was simply “compiled in one place in this book.”
Shortly after President Trump tweeted about the exchange, reporters scoffed at him after noticing that the page Stahl opened it to appeared blank.
“Lol Lesley Stahl is clearly looking at a blank sheet of paper here,” Vox reporter Aaron Rupar tweeted.
“The photo Trump posted of Stahl opening the Health Achievement Book shows him looking at what appears to be a blank page,” NBC News political reporter Allan Smith added.
Although an edited version of Mr. Trump’s interview aired on Sunday, the president had already posted the unedited version of the session on his Facebook page on Friday.
After 38 minutes, Mr. Trump abruptly left the interview and told Stahl: “You brought up a lot of topics that had been discussed inappropriately.
“They were raised inappropriately from the start.”
However, CNN auditors reported that the president made 16 misleading statements in the full 38 minutes he posted, 10 of which related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.