Colbert: I'd like to interview Trump in 'respectful' way

Stephen Colbert says he'd like to interview President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Trump speaks to rebel Libyan general attacking Tripoli Dem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction MORE — in a "respectful" setting.

"I'm not going to say no to the President of the United States. I would want to know that I could interview him in a way that would be respectful, though," Colbert said in an interview that aired Sunday on CBS's "Face The Nation." 

"Because I don't think it would be fun for me or profitable for him in any way or the audience if I couldn't do it in a respectful way," the CBS "Late Show" host added.
 
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Colbert said he believes in the presidency and in the country's system. 
 
"It's important to me to have a politician on, to allow them to be able to say what their thoughts are," Colbert said.
 
"And not be some sort of, you know, what — what people often wanted me to be at the old show which is some sort of ninja word assassin that slips underneath everybody's radar and then slaps the handle on the knife before they even know that it's between their ribs."
 
Colbert opened up about his approach to writing jokes about Trump.
 
"The balls come over the plate with him like shotgun pellets. It's not like one pitch at a time. Like, you look at something that's happening, like, well, which one of those balls are we gonna swing at?" Colbert said.
 
"What he's talking about or how he's saying it? Or who he's saying it to? And what time? And over Twitter? And I think Gingrich called it, like, you know, he gets the press chasing the rabbit. Well, where do you stand?" he continued.
 
"And one of the things I had to say the week after Mr. Trump was elected is to say you have a four year story to tell. Don't try to tell it all today. Tell what happened today, with jokes. So it's a very long way of saying is there a pitch I don't want to swing at? The one that's not being thrown."