Trump Blasts CNN After Top Aide's Heated Interview

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08 January, 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.

'The book is best understood as a work of very poorly written fiction, ' Miller added.

He also termed Bannon's comments in the book "vindictive" and "out of touch with reality".

A senior aide to U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday assailed a new book rattling the White House, called his boss a genius and launched an attack on news coverage before a TV anchor urged him to calm down and cut off their interview.

Comments attributed to Bannon about Trump Jr.'s 2016 meeting with Russian nationals to get damaging information about Democrat Hillary Clinton - that the gathering had been "treasonous" and "unpatriotic" - appeared in Michael Wolff's book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House", published on Friday.

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.

Mr. Trump, however, defended Miller, tweeting shortly after it aired that his aide "destroyed" Tapper during the appearance.

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.

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About halfway through the interview, things really got heated as Miller continued to dodge Tapper's questions.

"I'm getting to the issue of your fitness", was Miller's riposte.

"The President's tweets absolutely reaffirm the plainspoken truth: A self-made billionaire revolutionized reality TV and tapped into something magical that's happening in the hearts of this country", Miller said. A furious Trump responded by saying Bannon "has lost his mind".

Tapper said Miller was being obsequious, only caring about Trump.

Tapper hit back, saying he was sure Trump was "watching and he's happy you said that". "Watch the hatred and unfairness of this CNN flunky!" Tapper had to prematurey conclude the interview stating, "I think I've wasted enough of my viewers' time".

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.

"You can be as condescending as you want, it's part of your MO...you have 24 hours of negative, anti-Trump, hysterical coverage on this network that led in recent weeks to some spectacularly embarrassing false reporting from your network", Miller said.


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