A combative interview of White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller deteriorated into a shouting match that CNN anchor Jake Tapper abruptly ended after Miller refused to answer the questions posed by the “State of the Union” host about U.S. President Donald Trump’s mental fitness.
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Tapper asked Miller about the account of the Trump White House as depicted in Michael Wolff’s controversial book “Fire and Fury,” including highly disparaging quotes by Trump’s former aide Stephen Bannon sharply critical of the president and his team.
Miller called it "tragic and unfortunate that Steve would make these grotesque comments so out of touch with reality and, obviously, so vindictive.” He added that “the whole White House staff is deeply disappointed in his comments."
Miller also called Wolff "a garbage author of a garbage book and extolled Trump as a “political genius” and a "self-made billionaire who revolutionized reality TV and tapped into something magical that's happening in the hearts of this country."
When Tapper asked Miller whether the president’s defensive tweets about the book hurt the case for his mental stability, Miller went on the attack at “the toxic environment that you and your network have created” and examples of CNN’s “very fake news” and “huge embarrassment for your network.”
When Tapper protested that he was trying to get to the issue of the president’s fitness, Miller said he was getting to the issue of Tapper’s fitness, and then told the CNN anchor “don’t be condescending” after he pressed his point and protested that “you have 24 hours a day of anti-Trump material and you aren’t going to give three minutes for the American people to hear the real experience of Donald Trump.”
Tapper snapped back. “I get it. There is one viewer that you care about right now and you are being obsequious and I think I’ve wasted enough of my viewer’s time.”