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

Aaron Brown
January 8, 2018

In Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, Bannon takes aim at the Trump campaign's connections with Russian operatives, which he is quoted as calling "treasonous" and "unpatriotic".

NBC News has not confirmed much of the book. Bannon continues to criticize Kushner and Ivanka Trump in private and calls Trump a "vessel", an ally said, while casting himself as something of a revolutionary in the conservative movement. "He should have known they are duplicitous, cunning and not our friends".

"To reiterate, those comments were not aimed at Don Jr.", Bannon said.

The White House and President Trump have denounced Bannon and the book since excerpts began leaking last week.

He also lauded Trump as a "political genius". Asked if folks in the White House talked about that possibility, he added: "All the time".

"The author is a garbage author of a garbage book", said Miller, explaining that the depiction of the President was contrary to his own experience. Ronald Reagan had the same problem and handled it well.

Late Saturday, Mr. Trump laid out the administration's 2018 legislative agenda while flanked by top-ranking House and Senate Republicans.

At the end of an extremely tense and heated interview with White House senior policy advisor Stephen Miller, CNN anchor Jake Tapper seemingly had enough and made a decision to end the segment. He also termed Bannon's comments in the book "vindictive" and "out of touch with reality".

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The White House deployed Stephen Miller, a top Trump adviser with strong connections to white nationalism, to defend Donald Trump against allegations that he is unfit for the presidency.

Tapper, sensing that Miller was catering to a very specific viewer with his comments, said, "I'm sure he's watching and he's happy you said that".

In rare Sunday-show appearances, CIA Director Mike Pompeo said he's found the president "engaged" and an avid consumer of the intelligence agency's daily briefing.

About halfway through the interview, things really got heated as Miller continued to dodge Tapper's questions. He also said Bannon had nothing to do with the writing of Trump's controversial travel ban.

He said Mr. Bannon's role had been "greatly exaggerated", even as the CNN host Jake Tapper ticked off a long list of policies he said Mr. Bannon had played a key role in formulating.

Miller, in turn, scolded Tapper for making "condescending" and "snide" remarks and bashed CNN for airing "24 hours of negative, anti-Trump, hysterical coverage". CNN and other networks have committed a handful of reporting errors in recent months and weeks, but these pale in comparison to the continuous stream of lies that pour from the White House.

If Trump said the pair never sat for an interview for the book, it may be that "he probably did not see" their conversations in that way, Wolff said.

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