After spat over Trump book, White House adviser said ousted from CNN by security

After ‘State of the Union’ talk show host Jake Tapper accuses Stephen Miller of wasting his viewers’ time and ends interview, Miller refuses to leave studio, sources say

Sue Surkes is The Times of Israel's environment reporter.

White House special adviser Stephen Miller defends US President Donald Trump on the CNN show State of the Union, January 7, 2018. (YouTube screenshot)
White House special adviser Stephen Miller defends US President Donald Trump on the CNN show State of the Union, January 7, 2018. (YouTube screenshot)

US President Donald Trump’s special adviser Stephen Miller was escorted off a CNN set by security after he refused to leave the “State of the Union” studio following a fiery interview with host Jake Tapper, the Business Insider reported Monday.

The paper said two sources reported that Miller had refused several requests to leave and that in the end security was called to escort him out of the building.

“You’re not answering the questions… There’s one viewer that you care about right now. Your being obsequious, you’re being a factotum in order to please him [Donald Trump] and I think I’ve wasted enough of my viewers’ time,” Tapper charged, abruptly ending the interview and turning to the camera to announce another item.

During the interview, Miller slammed as “very poorly written fiction,” and “a pile of trash through and through” the incendiary new book by Michael Wolff, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” which was rushed into bookstores Friday after President Donald Trump failed to suppress it. Wolff, he said, was “a garbage author of a garbage book.”

Emphasizing twice that Trump was “a political genius,” who “took down the entire media complex with its 90% negative coverage,” Miller claimed that the influence of Trump’s disgraced former special adviser Steve Bannon had been “greatly exaggerated” and that comments Bannon had made on aspects of the book were “grotesque” and “so out of touch with reality and obviously so vindictive.”

He laid into CNN for its “salacious” and “fraudulent” coverage of Trump, saying “I know that it brings a lot of you guys a lot of joy to try to stick the knife in…” CNN and other networks were creating a “toxic environment,” he claimed, while CNN’s reporting about Trump’s plans to ban travel from certain Muslim countries was “one of the fake news items in the book,” part of the network’s “anti-Trump, hysterical coverage” and its “spectacularly false reporting.”

After Tapper charged that the only person in the past week to call Trump a genius was the president himself, who tweeted over the weekend that he was a “very stable genius,” Miller said, “You can be as condescending as you want.”

Asked why Tapper would not give him three minutes to talk about the president he has known for two years, Tapper told Miller, “Because it’s my show and I don’t want to do that.” Tapper went on to accuse Miller of trying to filibuster the program.

Both CNN and the White House declined to comment on the nature of Miller’s departure.

Shortly after the interview ended, Trump tweeted, “Jake Tapper of Fake News CNN just got destroyed in his interview with Stephen Miller of the Trump Administration.”

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