This is the startling moment a TV news anchor kicked a Trump advisor off the air for refusing to answer questions about the beleaguered US President.
Senior policy adviser Stephen Miller launched a scathing attack on ‘Fire and Fury’ – the new book which is rattling the White House which he described as a “grotesque work of fiction” – and called his boss a genius before criticising “anti-Trump hysterical coverage”.
TV presenter Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union” urged him to calm down before swiftly cutting off their interview.
Before that he had accused Miller of seeking to please one person alone, the US president – who indeed, had clearly been watching, Mirror reported.
Trump tweeted soon after: “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!”
The book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House”, by journalist Michael Wolff, is continuing to make waves throughout Washington and beyond for portrayal of the President as mentally unstable and unfit for the demands of his job.
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
“The reality is that the president is a political genius,” Miller said and accused Tapper of being “condescending” and “snide.”
“I have no idea why you’re attacking me,” Tapper responded, saying Miller was being “obsequious” and asking him to “calm down” before cutting the interview short.
“I think we have wasted enough of my viewers’ time,” Tapper said, ending the interview.
The White House has been on the defensive since excerpts of the book were published last week with the president and his aides scrambling to discredit both its portrayal of Trump and the author’s methods.
Its publication prompted Trump to post on Twitter on Saturday that he is a “very stable genius.”
Refusing to let it go, the President then attacked the book again today.
Wolff was granted unusually wide access to the White House during much of Trump’s first year at the behest of former Trump strategist Steve Bannon, who advised the president during his first months in office and during his presidential campaign.