"I'm not going to say no to the president of the United States," said "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert. (Screen shot)

Stephen Colbert would like to interview President-elect Donald Trump — but in a “respectful” way.

“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,” the host of “The Late Show” said in an interview that aired Sunday on CBS’s “Face The Nation.”

The comedian added: “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.”

When asked how he writes jokes about Trump, he likened it to baseball.

“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.

He concluded: “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.”

Watch the full interview below:

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