White House Advisor Stephen Miller Goes Ballistic on the Press; Lobs Heavy Accusation Against CNN
Politico first reported:
White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller unloaded on CNN host Jake Tapper on Sunday — trashing Michael Wolff as a "garbage author of a garbage book," calling Steve Bannon an "angry and vindictive person" and accusing CNN of "sticking knives" into President Donald Trump's allies.
The explosive 12-minute interview on "State of the Union" devolved into a shouting match between Tapper and Miller, who accused the network of running "24 hours of negative anti-Trump hysterical coverage" and perpetuating falsehoods from Wolff's explosive new book, "Fire and Fury."
Trump himself was apparently watching, tweeting after the interview: "Jake Tapper of Fake News CNN just got destroyed in his interview with Stephen Miller of the Trump Administration. Watch the hatred and unfairness of this CNN flunky!"
Miller's comments came as Trump's surrogates took to the airwaves Sunday to discredit Wolff's book, released Friday — and Wolff himself — for questioning the president's mental stability and fitness for the job.
Miller attacked Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, who, according to Wolff's book, called Trump's eldest son "treasonous" and "unpatriotic" for seeking Russian dirt on Hillary Clinton during the campaign.
But Miller sidestepped questions on whether Trump personally met with Russians after the meeting with Donald Trump Jr. at Trump Tower in 2016, saying he has "no knowledge of anything to do with that meeting" but calling the book a "pile of trash."
In the book, Bannon is quoted as saying there is "zero chance" that Trump did not meet with Russian "jumos" at Trump Tower.
"It's tragic and unfortunate that Steve would make these grotesque comments so out of touch with reality and, obviously, so vindictive ... the whole White House staff is deeply disappointed in his comments," Miller said. "With respect to the Trump Tower meeting, he wasn't even there when it went down, so he is not really a remotely credible source on any of it.
"It reads like an angry, vindictive person spouting off to a highly discreditable author," Miller went on. "The author is a garbage author of a garbage book."
Miller heaped praise on the president, describing him as a "political genius" who "tapped into something magical that's happening in the heart of this country." And he pushed back against descriptions that question Trump's literacy, saying that Trump would effortlessly dictate new material on the way to campaign rallies.
The interview turned ugly when Tapper insinuated that Miller was trying to stroke Trump's ego, and Miller, in turn, accused Tapper of being condescending and CNN of running "24 hours of negative anti-Trump, hysterical coverage," including "some spectacular embarrassing false reporting."
Eventually, Tapper cut Miller off.
“I think I’ve wasted enough of my viewers’ time," Tapper said before cutting to a commercial break. "Thank you, Stephen."
"Welcome back to 'State of the Union' — and planet Earth," Tapper said when he returned.