Jake Tapper Cuts off Stephen Miller on CNN

President Trump called Jake Tapper a "flunky" on Sunday after the CNN anchor's heated interview with White House adviser Stephen Miller. Miller also went on to say it was "unfortunate that Steve would make these grotesque comments, so out of touch with reality".

Senior Advisor for Policy to President Trump Stephen Miller responds to questions on the Trump administration's immigration policy announced today during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C., August 2, 2017.

The conversation centered on "Fire and Fury", the new tell-all about the first year of the Trump presidency by magazine columnist Michael Wolff.

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. Wolff has been accused in the past of suspect reporting, most notably in his 1998 book "Burn Rate".

"I would have been delighted to have written a contrarian account here: Donald Trump, this unexpected President is actually going to succeed", Mr Wolff said.

Mr Trump previously defended himself on Twitter as a "very stable genius" and "like, really smart". Miller also co-wrote Trump's inauguration address with Steve Bannon and has continued to be a key player in the Trump administration. His kicker was, "And I think I've wasted enough of my viewers' time". You are being obsequious right now, and you are being a factotum to please him, okay?

"And with respect to the Trump Tower meeting that he's talking about, he wasn't even there when any of this went down", Miller said. Asked if folks in the White House talked about that possibility, he added: "All the time".

"I've had to put up with the Fake News from the first day I announced that I would be running for President".

Miller dismissed both Bannon and Wolff's credibility, saying the author was a "garbage author of a garbage book", and that claims in the book were "a pile of trash". "If they were stronger, hopefully, you would not have something like that happen where you can say whatever comes to your head". Ronald Reagan had the same problem and handled it well.

Miller tried to protest, but Tapper quickly said, 'Thank you Stephen.' The camera panned away from the White House aide as Tapper started reading from the teleprompter, readying his audience the next segment.

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".

  • Jacqueline Ellis