Jake Tapper pulls plug on Stephen Miller's trainwreck interview

Casey Dawson
January 8, 2018

On Fox News, White House aide Stephen Miller did not get good reviews for his manic performance with CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday morning that forced the State of the Union host to shut down the interview and go to commercial.

Following Trump's lead, Miller said "Fire and Fury" is best understood as "a work of very poorly written fiction" and that Wolff is "a garbage author of a garbage book".

Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon issued a lengthy apology to Donald Trump and his family as several of the president's allies spoke out against an explosive new book that raised doubts about the former real estate developer's fitness for office.

The two began by discussing the controversial new book about Trump's administration, "Fire and Fury". He's referring to comments that Bannon had made in the Wolff book, saying that a meeting Trump campaign officials and a Russian lawyer during the presidential campaign were "treasonous" and "unpatriotic".

CNN's Jake Tapper, who was conducting the interview with White House Senior Adviser Stephen Miller, cut the conversation off after 12 and a half minutes, telling Miller he was spewing rhetoric exclusively to gain approval from the President.

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.

The first video shows the conclusion of the interview. Tapper had to prematurey conclude the interview stating, "I think I've wasted enough of my viewers' time".

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As Miller continued to vacillate between promoting his boss and condemning "fake news", Tapper said there was "one viewer you care about right now", accused Miller of being "obsequious" and sharply ended the interview.

"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.

Corey Lewandowski, Mr. Trump's former campaign manager, said Mr. Bannon had clearly crossed a line. It was fair for Trump to describe himself as a "genius" because it "happens to be a true statement", Miller said. 'Watch the hatred and unfairness of this CNN flunky!'

"I'm sure he's watching and he will be happy that you said that", Tapper replied.

Wolff has said the book was based on White House access, conversations with Trump and interviews with senior staffers, including Bannon.

He said Mr. Bannon's role had been "greatly exaggerated", even as the CNN host Jake Tapper ticked off a long list of policies he said Mr. Bannon had played a key role in formulating.

Miller also argued that the president's Saturday tweets, in which he boasted about his "mental stability" and IQ, were helpful in arguing the point that he had the fortitude to do the job.

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