Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has defended his attack style against the media in an interview with the CBS news program "60 Minutes," saying "I will fight" when the media "writes lies."
"I don't call it thin-skinned," Trump tells Scott Pelley in the interview airing Sunday.
"I don't like lies," Trump told Pelley. "I don't mind a bad story. If you did a bad story on me for '60 Minutes,' if it were a fair story I wouldn't be thin-skinned at all."
But the billionaire businessman draws a line between negative and unfair.
"You know, some of the media is among the worst people I've ever met," he told Pelley. "I mean a pretty good percentage is really a terrible group of people. They write lies, they write false stories. They know they're false. It makes no difference."
Pelley referenced Trump's infamous feud
with Fox News host Megyn Kelly, saying to him that "a reporter asks you a couple of tough questions [in] the first debate and the whole week after that it's war on that reporter."
"Well, I don't think those were fair questions," Trump replied.
Pelley then stated that "an impression is created though that you like to dish it out but you can't take a punch."
"Oh I think I can take it," the man sitting atop all polls
of Republican presidential candidates replied.
"I could take it if it's fair. Again, if people say things that are false, which happens a lot with me – if people say things that are false I will fight, like, harder than anybody."
"If I do something wrong, and that happens, and they write a fair story… there's nothing to fight about. I can handle that. I don't like lying. You know I'm a very honorable guy, I don't like lies."
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