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

Monday, 08 Jan, 2018

WASHINGTON — Isolated from his political allies and cut off from his financial patrons, Stephen K. Bannon, President Donald Trumps former chief strategist, issued a striking mea culpa on Sunday for comments he had made that were critical of the presidents eldest son.

"But there was a clip at the end where Tapper was trying to ask Miller several questions and Miller, all he would do was just lavish the president with effusive personal praise to the point where Tapper said you're only speaking to an audience of one right now".

President Donald J. Trump tweeted his approval moments ago, saying Stephen Miller "destroyed" the "Fake News CNN".

As Miller continued to vacillate between promoting his boss and condemning "fake news", Tapper said there was "one viewer you care about right now", accused Miller of being "obsequious" and sharply ended the interview.

"I think we have wasted enough of my viewers' time", Tapper said, ending the interview.

The back-and-forth occurred on Tapper's show State of the Union and originally was supposed to be about the new Michael Wolff expose on Trump, Fire and Fury. He then pivoted to attack CNN's "anti-Trump" news coverage.

Watch the clip above, via CNN. It was fair for Trump to describe himself as a "genius" because it "happens to be a true statement", Miller said.

Stephen Miller, seen here on August 2, 2017, told CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday that comments in a new book from former Trump aid Steve Bannon are "grotesque".

Miller, a Duke graduate, had previously battled CNN's Jim Acosta over President Trump's immigration policy. That echoed an attention-grabbing statement from him in the early days of the administration, when Miller asserted in a television interview that Trump's executive powers "will not be questioned". He maintained that Bannon had little to do with Trump's political success, offering twice an authoritarian-tinged anecdote about the president's ability to dictate a speech on the fly.

What a guy, that Stephen Miller.

A longtime adviser for Alabama Senator and now Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Miller was often seen on the campaign trail as a "warm-up act" for Trump.

The very public apology was just the latest fallout from the release of "Fire and Fury", in which Wolff claims, after having had access to the West Wing during the first months of the Trump administration, that numerous president's top aides and confidants consider him paranoid, inept and even unfit to hold office. He grew up in Santa Monica, California and both of his parents are Democrats. The essay was filled with complaints about his high school.