Trump aide Stephen Miller's tactical CNN appearance is the new political theater
- Author: Adam Floyd Jan 08, 2018,
Jan 08, 2018, 2:03
Miller appeared on Tapper's "State of the Union" program Sunday morning to defend the president from charges leveled in the new book "Fire and Fury" by journalist Michael Wolff about dysfunction in the White House.
In addition to assailing Mr. Bannon, Mr. Miller sharply criticized Mr. Wolff and his book, saying it "is best understood as a work of very poorly written fiction".
"Miller also lamented Steve Bannon for making "grotesque comments" in the book, ones he said are "so out of touch with reality" and vindictive".
The author of the explosive new book on the Trump administration has claimed that "the 25th Amendment is a concept that is alive every day in the White House".
Bannon said in the statement that his support for the president and for Trump's agenda is "unwavering", adding that his comments about the Russian meeting had been aimed at Paul Manafort, Trump's campaign manager at the time of the meeting, rather than Trump Jr. In fact, he declared that Tapper got "destroyed" by his adviser.
Miller also slammed CNN, saying that the network runs "24 hours of negative anti-Trump hysterical coverage".More news: Following Trump's lead, Guatemala to move embassy to Jerusalem
About halfway through the interview, things really got heated as Miller continued to dodge Tapper's questions.
When Tapper asked about Trump's fitness for office, Miller responded "Well, I'm getting to the issue of your fitness". He also said Bannon had nothing to do with the writing of Trump's controversial travel ban. He urged his followers to "watch the hatred and unfairness of this CNN flunky!" Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the United Nations, also defended Trump's stability and said, "he didn't become the president by accident". Tapper had to prematurey conclude the interview stating, "I think I've wasted enough of my viewers' time".
Mr Wolff said members of the Trump White House speak openly about the option, saying things like: "We're not at a 25th Amendment level yet", or "Ok, this is a little 25th Amendment".
"I'm sure he's watching and he will be happy that you said that", Tapper replied.
Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press", Wolff said he was given access to the White House in the early months of Trump's term, and that his "goal was to keep going until somebody said go away". "The president's tweets absolutely reaffirm the plain spoken truth: self made billionaire who revolutionized reality TV, and tapped into something magical that's happening in the hearts of this country". "You are being a factotum in order to please him".
He said Mr. Bannon's role had been "greatly exaggerated", even as the CNN host Jake Tapper ticked off a long list of policies he said Mr. Bannon had played a key role in formulating.