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Trump Blasts CNN After Top Aide's Heated Interview

Trump Blasts CNN After Top Aide's Heated Interview

White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller attacked a new book about the inner workings of President Donald Trump's White House as "grotesque" and "fiction" in a tense interview Sunday, NBC News reported.

During the interview, Miller characterized the new book about the Trump administration, "Fire and Fury, " which was released January 5, as "a work of very poorly written fiction".

"It's tragic and unfortunate that Steve would make these grotesque comments so out of touch with reality and obviously so vindictive, and the whole White House staff is deeply disappointed in his comments, which were grotesque", Miller told Tapper before the conversation unraveled.

Tapper's interview turned combative as Miller ripped "garbage author of a garbage book" - Michael Wolff's "Fire and Fury" - and as the CNN "State of the Union" host questioned the truth in book's details and the role of Steve Bannon in the White House.

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.

The interview, adversarial throughout, really started to fire up from just after 10 minutes, when Miller unleashed a litany of criticism of CNN when Tapper wanted to discuss Trump's metal well-being.

"Welcome back to planet Earth", Tapper said to viewers after the show returned.

"I think the viewers right now can ascertain who is being hysterical", Tapper responded.

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Miller was asked to respond to a passage in the book in which Bannon is quoted saying, "The chance that Don Jr. did not walk these Jumos up to his father's office of the 26th floor is zero".

This morning on CNN, White House advisor Stephen Miller spent most of his air time praising Trump, while criticizing the network, and anchor Jake Tapper.

Its publication prompted Trump to post on Twitter on Saturday that he is a "very stable genius".

Conservative political operative Corey Lewandowski, who managed Trump's campaign from January 2015 to June 2016, was similarly disturbed by Bannon's critiques. 'Watch the hatred and unfairness of this CNN flunky!'

He said his description of the "treasonous" and "unpatriotic" meeting was aimed at former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, not Trump's son.

"It happens to be a true statement", Miller said of the characterization.

"I'm sure he's watching and he will be happy that you said that", Tapper replied.

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. "You are being a factotum in order to please him".


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