President Trump Ended An Interview After Refusing To Stand By His Claims That Obama Wiretapped Him
"I don't stand by anything," Trump said after being pressed on whether he stood by his claims that Obama wiretapped him.
Here's the full bizarre exchange between Trump and Dickerson, per the CBS News transcript.
JOHN DICKERSON: Did President Obama give you any advice that was helpful? That you think, wow, he really was--
DONALD TRUMP: Well, he was very nice to me. But after that, we've had some difficulties. So it doesn't matter. You know, words are less important to me than deeds. And you-- you saw what happened with surveillance. And everybody saw what happened with surveillance--
DICKERSON: Difficulties how?
TRUMP: -- and I thought that -- well, you saw what happened with surveillance. And I think that was inappropriate, but that's the way--
DICKERSON: What does that mean, sir?
TRUMP: You can figure that out yourself.
DICKERSON: Well, I-- the reason I ask is you said he was-- you called him "sick and bad."
TRUMP: Look, you can figure it out yourself. He was very nice to me with words, but-- and when I was with him -- but after that, there has been no relationship.
DICKERSON: But you stand by that claim about him?
TRUMP: I don't stand by anything. 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. 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.
JDICKERSON: I just wanted to find out, though. You're-- you're the President of the United States. You said he was "sick and bad" because he had tapped you-- I'm just--
TRUMP: You can take-- any way. You can take it any way you want.
DICKERSON: But I'm asking you. Because you don't want it to be--
TRUMP: You don't--
DICKERSON: --fake news. I want to hear it from--
TRUMP: You don't have to--
DICKERSON: --President Trump.
TRUMP: --ask me. You don't have to ask me.
DICKERSON: Why not?
TRUMP: Because I have my own opinions. You can have your own opinions.
DICKERSON: But I want to know your opinions. You're the President of the United States.
TRUMP: Okay, it's enough. Thank you. Thank you very much.