Jake Tapper pulls plug on Stephen Miller's trainwreck interview

Calvin Saunders
January 8, 2018

Stephen Miller, senior policy adviser for President Donald Trump, battled with CNN "State of the Union" host Jake Tapper on Sunday during a lengthy discussion on a myriad of topics.

During the interview, Miller characterized the new book about the Trump administration, "Fire and Fury, " which was released January 5, as "a work of very poorly written fiction".

Miller said Tapper was being "condescending" and described CNN's coverage of the Trump administration as "hysterical" and "toxic" when Tapper asked about whether Trump was mentally fit to serve in the White House.

Bannon led Trump's campaign in its final months and served as the White House's chief strategist for the first seven months of Trump's presidency, before they had a highly publicized falling out.

Bannon said in the statement that his support for the president and for Trump's agenda is "unwavering", adding that his comments about the Russian meeting had been aimed at Paul Manafort, Trump's campaign manager at the time of the meeting, rather than Trump Jr.

Tapper pushed back on that claim, noting how many people from the White House are quoted, on the record, in Wolff's book.

"The author is a garbage author of a garbage book", said Miller, explaining that the depiction of the President was contrary to his own experience.

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Miller accused CNN of "anti-Trump hysterical coverage" following the Friday release of the book, which portrays Trump, a former reality TV start who took office almost a year ago, as mentally unstable and unfit for the demands of his job.

The interview turned into a contentious shouting match as Miller sought to highlight Trump's "political genius", and host Jake Tapper tried to move into questions addressing Trump's fitness as commander in chief, a topic central to the book.

In a statement provided to the political website Axios, Bannon, who left the White House in August, said Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr. Many in the president's circle had been urging Trump for weeks to publicly distance himself from Bannon and used the fallout from the book to persuade the president to server ties with him.

"Because it's my show, and I don't want to do that", Mr. Tapper said. He accused the network of running anti-Trump material "24 hours a day". "The president's tweets absolutely reaffirm the plain spoken truth: self made billionaire who revolutionized reality TV, and tapped into something magical that's happening in the hearts of this country". "If they were stronger, hopefully, you would not have something like that happen where you can say whatever comes to your head".

"I think I have wasted enough of my viewers' time", Tapper told Miller as he abruptly ended the aide's air-time. 'I don't know what magical you're talking about'.

'The president has an approval rating in the 30s, ' the journalist said.

"Thank you, Stephen", Tapper said. That word means subservient or servile, and Tapper said, "there's one viewer that you care about right now..."

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