Jake Tapper cuts off contentious interview with Trump aide Stephen Miller

CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday morning made headlines of his own after he cut off White House senior policy advisor Stephen Miller during a contentious interview.

'The book is best understood as a work of very poorly written fiction, ' Miller added. "Is it really the position of the Trump White House that Steve Bannon had nothing to do with the presidency", Tapper asked, "or can you acknowledge the reality that he was a key player?"

Later in the interview Miller called Bannon's involvement in the book "a betrayal to the president", and said the extent of Bannon's role in the Trump White House has been "greatly exaggerated".

CNN has not independently confirmed all the assertions in "Fire and Fury" by author Michael Wolff, which portrays Trump allies questioning the President's mental fitness for office. The book quotes Bannon as saying a 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump campaign officials and a Russian lawyer purportedly offering damaging information about Hillary Clinton was "treasonous".

Miller ducked Tapper's other questions about Trump's recent tweets, Bannon's influence on Trump's presidency and policy and a New York Times report in September 2017 that Miller in May helped compose a list of reasons to fire James Comey as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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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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.

Miller and Bannon were once thought to be kindred spirits - both hard-liners on immigration who sought to exploit Trump's populist rhetoric to advance a nationalist agenda.

After a heated back-and-forth that went on for some time as Tapper tried to direct the interview, the anchor seemed to cut the interview short.

"I've had to put up with the Fake News from the first day I announced that I would be running for President".

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'And I also will say that the author is a garbage author of a garbage book'.

"This, is I think, not an exaggeration and it's not unreasonable to say: This is 25th Amendment kind of stuff", he told NBC's Chuck Todd. "I am the only person to date to conduct a global effort to preach the message of Trump and Trumpism; and remain ready to stand in the breach for this president's efforts to make America great again". Ronald Reagan had the same problem and handled it well.

  • Michelle Webb