State of the Union host Jake Tapper wanted to talk about explosive accusations in Fire and Fury, Stephen Miller wanted to expose CNN as fake news. In the end a heated interview was cut short, POTUS applauded, and security had to be called to remove the guest.
White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller was cut off mid-interview and then had to be escorted from CNN’s State of the Union set on Sunday after a heated interview with host Jake Tapper.
Mr Tapper’s questions centred around Michael Wolff’s supposed tell-all — “Fire & Fury: Inside The Trump White House”.
And after labelling former Trump strategist turned whistleblower Steve Bannon as being “so out of touch with reality and obviously so vindictive”, and heaping praise on the President, Mr Miller launched an attack on the network’s coverage and Mr Tapper’s show.
“In the toxic environment that you’ve created here at CNN and cable news, which is a real crisis of legitimacy for your network. And we saw it, of course, with the extremely fake news you reported about the Don Jnr and Wikileaks story. That was a huge embarrassment for your network,” he said.
“Just like the huge embarrassment you had when you got the Comey testimony wrong — which you’ve never given a proper account of.”
Just like the huge embarrassment you had when you got the Comey testimony wrong.
Mr Tapper then interjected: “I’m trying to get to the issue of the President’s fitness”. This led to another swipe from Mr Miller, who replied with, “And I’m getting to the issue of your fitness”.
The back and forth continued with Mr Tapper accusing his guest of trying to filibuster the interview, and Mr Miller telling the host repeatedly that he was being condescending.
Mr Miller pressed on: “You have 24 hours a day of anti-Trump material, and you’re not going to give three minutes for the American people to get the real experience of Donald Trump,” before finally the host had enough.
“I get it there’s one viewer that you care about right now and you’re being obsequious, a factotum, in order to please him… I’ve wasted enough of my viewers’ time,” he said before shutting down the interview.
President Trump was indeed impressed, tweeting: “Jake Tapper of Fake News CNN just got destroyed in his interview with Stephen Miller”.
Jake Tapper of Fake News CNN just got destroyed in his interview with Stephen Miller of the Trump Administration. Watch the hatred and unfairness of this CNN flunky!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 7, 2018
However, it didn’t end there. Business Insider reports that Mr Miller was asked to leave several times and upon refusal had to be escorted off the premises by security.
The network confirmed the incident in a statement later that night.
“The segment was over and Mr. Miller was politely asked to leave the set multiple times – after refusing to leave, he was escorted out by security,” it said.