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The Clock on ’60 Minutes’ Sunday Interview With Donald Trump Began Ticking In May

When Donald Trump appears on this Sunday’s “60 Minutes” with correspondent Lesley Stahl, it will mark the culmination for months of legwork.

The venerable CBS newsmagazine started reaching out to both the Trump and Clinton campaigns in May, said Jeff Fager, the show’s executive producer, in the hopes of securing the first in-depth post-election interview with either candidate. “It’s an important moment,” said Fager,  in an interview, and one “60 Minutes” was able to capture in the 2008 election, when President Barack Obama won the White House.

There were no restrictions placed on the scope of the discussion, said Fager, who expects the talk will uncover more of the President-elect’s plans and policies, and perhaps some of the content of his recent conversation with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Stahl has interviewed Trump in the recent past: She snared the first joint interview with him as a Republican candidate in July, after he named Mike Pence as his running mate.

Viewers and executives at other news outlets will be watching the exchange to see how the President-elect handles a conversation with a news organization that is seen as having wider appeal among adherents of many political parties. In the final weeks of the campaign, Trump gave the bulk of his interviews to correspondents at Fox News Channel, which runs prime-time programs that tend to appeal to viewers with conservative leanings.

“It’s a great opportunity, a fascinating moment,” said Fager, for U.S. citizens to get better perspective on the man who will lead the nation for the next four years.

The interview is slated to take up the bulk of this Sunday’s “60 Minutes” broadcast. Trump’s family is expected to take part in the interview, but probably only for the last segment, Fager said.

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