CNN's Jake Tapper cuts off 'obsequious' White House 'factotum' in contentious interview

CNN's Jake Tapper cuts off 'obsequious' White House 'factotum' in contentious interview

Kerry Wise
January 8, 2018

After Miller said again that Trump was a genius, Tapper said he was sure Trump was happy Miller had said that, leading Miller to rip Tapper and CNN.

Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the UN, also defended Trump's stability, saying "he didn't become the President by accident".

During the contentious interview, Miller offered largely combative responses and focused on presenting Trump as a "political genius," repeatedly refusing to answer questions until Tapper made a decision to cut him off and move to the next segment.

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 president also referred to Wolff's book as a "Fake Book" written by a "totally discredited author" in a separate tweet.

Tapper abruptly ended the interview, calling Miller "obsequious" and accusing Miller of wasting his viewers' time.

In his book, Wolff relied heavily on on-the-record interviews with Bannon, who was critical of other White House aides and Trump's children.

When Tapper got to the president's mental fitness, Miller turned it into a full-on slap of CNN, saying there was a "crisis of legitimacy" and a "toxic environment" at the network.

Donald Trump responded last week to the criticism by minimizing Bannon's contributions to his campaign and administration, saying Bannon had "lost his mind" and tweeting repeatedly about "Sloppy Steve".

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"I saw a man who is a political genius", Miller said, adding that as a candidate, Trump had "tapped into something magical that is happening in the heart of this country".

Miller also called Bannon's comments "grotesque" and defended President Donald Trump's claim that he is a "genius".

Wolff told NBC News' "Meet the Press" that he did not violate off-the-record agreements with the Trump aides. Miller also went on to say it was "unfortunate that Steve would make these grotesque comments, so out of touch with reality".

In the end, Tapper cut the interview short, telling Miller, "I've wasted enough of my viewers' time" before turning to pitch the next segment - all while Miller impotently continued to rant at Tapper from off camera.

"I've had to put up with the Fake News from the first day I announced that I would be running for President". He urged his followers to "watch the hatred and unfairness of this CNN flunky!" Ronald Reagan had the same problem and handled it well.

Tapper responded, "I have plenty of questions on immigration - you've attempted to filibuster by talking about your flights with the president".

In a much more measured interview on Fox News Sunday, Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski called the book "a complete fabrication".

"Because it's my show, and I don't want to do that", Tapper replied.

Miller accused Tapper of being "condescending" and failing to ask questions about policy.