After Tense CNN Interview with Stephen Miller, President Trump Fires Back

January 7, 2018 Updated: January 7, 2018

President Donald Trump slammed CNN’s Jake Tapper’s tense interview with White House advisor Stephen Miller, which ended with the host cutting him off and moving to a commercial.

Tapper accused Miller of “wasting our viewers’ time” and cut to a commercial. Miller was on the show to address the controversial Michael Wolff book “Fire and Fury.”

Miller called Wolff a “garbage author of a garbage book” and also called Steve Bannon, the Breitbart chief and former Trump chief of staff who was the primary source in the book, an “angry and vindictive person.”

Miller also slammed CNN, saying that the network runs “24 hours of negative anti-Trump hysterical coverage.”

And the president was watching.

After the show ended, Trump tweeted, “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 said of the book: “The book is best understood as a work of poorly written fiction. And I will also say that the author is a garbage author of a garbage book.”

Miller continued: “And the tragic thing about this book—and there are many things about it that are unfortunate—but the portrayal of the president in the book is so contrary to reality, to the experience of those who work with him, to my own experience having spent the last two years with him.”

Regarding Bannon, Miller said that his role was “greatly exaggerated” inside the White House, adding that it is “tragic and unfortunate that Steve would make these grotesque comments so out of touch with reality and obviously so vindictive.” He’s referring to comments that Bannon had made in the Wolff book, saying that a meeting between Trump campaign officials and a Russian lawyer during the presidential campaign were “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.” Miller, meanwhile, said that Trump was the real mastermind behind the campaign.

In a separate tweet, Trump called “Fire and Fury” a “Fake Book” written by a “totally discredited author,” referring to Wolff.

Trump also tweeted that throughout his life, “my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart.”

“Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames. I went from VERY successful businessman, to top T.V. Star, to President of the United States (on my first try). I think that would qualify as not smart, but genius…. and a very stable genius at that!”, he wrote.


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