Trump aide Stephen Miller rips Wolff book as 'grotesque work of fiction'

by Abel Hampton January 8, 2018, 1:31
Trump aide Stephen Miller rips Wolff book as 'grotesque work of fiction'

President Trump applauded 32-year-old Stephen Miller for completing the two-pronged mission of going on CNN and yelling at Jake Tapper for the network's Trump coverage - while criticizing the president's newest enemy, Steve Bannon, as well.

Mr. Miller, in his defense of the president, called him a "political genius" who could rattle off complete paragraphs on the fly in response to news events and then deliver them "flawlessly" to a campaign audience. At one point, when Tapper turned the conversation to the issue of Trump's fitness for office, Miller snapped back, "I'm getting to the issue of your fitness".

Miller appeared on Tapper's "State of the Union" program Sunday morning to defend the president from charges leveled in the new book "Fire and Fury" by journalist Michael Wolff about dysfunction in the White House. The book also quotes Bannon as describing Ivanka Trump, the president's daughter, as "dumb as a brick". Tapper remarked, as Miller continued to speak over him.

"You can be as condescending as you want, it's part of your have 24 hours of negative, anti-Trump, hysterical coverage on this network that led in recent weeks to some spectacularly embarrassing false reporting from your network", Miller said.

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.

Before that, though, Miller vigorously defended Trump's political acumen and astute grasp of voter sentiment.

"It reads like an angry, vindictive person spouting off to a highly discreditable author", Miller said.

Bannon claimed in his statement that the comments in the book were aimed not at Trump or his family but at Paul Manafort - Trump's former campaign chairman, who was sacked and is facing charges as part of special counsel Robert S. Muller's Russia investigation - who, Bannon said, should have known how the Russians - whom he called "duplicitous, cunning and not our friends" - operate. "A self-made billionaire who has revolutionized reality T.V. and has changed the course of our politics".

Miller tried to counter Wolff's portrayal of what Trump is like to what the aide personally encountered when traveling with the candidate and now president. "Watch the hatred and unfairness of this CNN flunky!" he posted. Miller also went on to say it was "unfortunate that Steve would make these grotesque comments, so out of touch with reality".

"I think I have wasted enough of my viewers' time", Tapper told Miller as he abruptly ended the aide's air-time.

Tapper also asked about Trump's tweets on Saturday about how he was a "very stable genius" and "like, really smart" and questioned Miller on whether those assertations were helpful to Trump's cause.

"Stephen, Stephen, settle down, calm down", Tapper replied, obviously frustrated.

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