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Jake Tapper Cuts Off Stephen Miller After Deeply Strange Interview

08 January 2018, 01:32 | Rufus Hill

Jake Tapper Cuts Off Stephen Miller After Deeply Strange Interview

Stephen Miller went on CNN Sunday to attack Steve Bannon who the president is fighting with and he laid into Jake Tapper for the network's coverage of President Trump as well

Miller went on to state that he talked about his experiences with Trump because he's seen the incredible work that the president has done, leading Tapper to note that he wasn't answering any questions.

Throughout the interview, Miller repeatedly praised Trump's political prowess, knocking the "so-called political geniuses in Washington" who didn't predict the populist Republican's ascent.

CNN's Jake Tapper descended into a contentious back-and-forth in an interview with Donald Trump adviser Stephen Miller on January 7, 2018.

Miller dismissed both Bannon and Wolff's credibility, saying the author was a "garbage author of a garbage book", and that claims in the book were "a pile of trash".

In his book, Wolff relied heavily on on-the-record interviews with Bannon, who was critical of other White House aides and Trump's children.

Miller replied that Bannon's role "has been greatly exaggerated, whereas the president hasn't gotten the due that he deserves".

Trump's perception was curious, because Miller had not "destroyed" Tapper.

Mr Wolff says his book is based on more than 200 interviews with the President and his senior staff over an 18-month period.

Bannon claimed in his statement that the comments in the book were aimed not at Trump or his family but at Paul Manafort - Trump's former campaign chairman, who was sacked and is facing charges as part of special counsel Robert S. Muller's Russia investigation - who, Bannon said, should have known how the Russians - whom he called "duplicitous, cunning and not our friends" - operate.

Wolff told NBC News' "Meet the Press" that he did not violate off-the-record agreements with the Trump aides.

"Stephen, I'm trying to get to the issue of the president's fitness, which a lot of people are questioning", Mr. Tapper said.

British Prime Minister Theresa May dismissed concerns about Mr Trump's mental state after the book's publication, saying the President would still be visiting the United Kingdom in the future. 'Watch the hatred and unfairness of this CNN flunky!'

After excerpts from the book leaked early last week, the White House decried it as pure "fiction", but the president reserved his fiercest anger for Bannon, who was pushed from the White House in August but - over the objection of many aides - remained in Trump's orbit, with the two men speaking by phone occasionally. "And I think I've wasted enough of my viewers' time".

"Because it's my show, and I don't want to do that", Mr. Tapper said.

"It's tragic and unfortunate that Steve would make these grotesque comments so out of touch with reality and obviously so vindictive", said Miller.

Trump on Saturday took to Twitter to defend his mental abilities, saying he is "like, really smart" and a "very stable genius". "You're being a factotum in order to please him", Tapper said.

Miller accused Tapper of being "condescending" and failing to ask questions about policy.

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