ABC News’ Christiane Amanpour recently landed an exclusive interview with President Mubarak of Egypt. Though the interview was off camera she said she asked Mubarak after the conversation whether she could report on it and he said yes. She had originally been scheduled to interview new Vice President Omar Suleiman. However, while ABC’s camera crew was setting up for the Suleiman interview, Amanpour asked to see Mubarak, whom she had interviewed in the past. “Within what seemed like just minutes, I was whisked into a reception room where he was waiting,” she wrote. “He greeted me warmly, and we started to talk. He looked tired, but well.”
In a further report on ABC’s website, Amanpour said that:
—Mubarak said he was “fed up,” but that if he resigns now, as the anti-government protesters want him to, there will be “chaos.”
—Mubarak told her that he was “very unhappy” about the violence that broke out on Wedensday—which many have accused his government of orchestrating. “I was very unhappy about yesterday. I do not want to see Egyptians fighting each other,” he said. He also blamed it on the banned Muslim Brotherhood.
—Mubarak told President Obama, “you don’t understand the Egyptian culture and what would happen if I step down now.”
—Mubarak “felt relief” after the Monday speech when he said he would not run for president again in September.
—He said he “never intended to run again,” nor to have his son, Gamal, run either.
—Mubarak told her, “”I don’t care what people say about me. Right now I care about my country, I care about Egypt.”
Watch Amanpour’s account of the interview: