Trump Blasts CNN After Top Aide's Heated Interview

Trump Blasts CNN After Top Aide's Heated Interview

White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller attacked a new book about the inner workings of President Donald Trump's White House as "garbage" and a "grotesque work of fiction" in a tense interview Sunday.

"It's tragic and unfortunate that Steve would make these grotesque comments so out of touch with reality and obviously so vindictive", said Miller.

Even as the White House continues to deny the legitimacy of Michael Wolff's book Fire and Fury, the Trump administration surrogates sent on television are stuck talking about it anyway-and when they try to avoid it, the chaos only expands.

Bannon said in the statement that his support for the president and for Trump's agenda is "unwavering", adding that his comments about the Russian meeting had been aimed at Paul Manafort, Trump's campaign manager at the time of the meeting, rather than Trump Jr.

"Steven, I'm trying to get to the issue of the president's fitness", Tapper said. Miller said Tapper was being "condescending" and described CNN's coverage of the Trump administration as "hysterical" and "toxic" when Tapper asked about whether Trump was mentally fit to serve in the White House.

Throughout the interview, Miller repeatedly praised Trump's political prowess, knocking the "so-called political geniuses in Washington" who didn't predict the populist Republican's ascent.

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.

Shortly after Miller's appearance on the show - which ended when Tapper abruptly cut him off, calling him "obsequious" and concerned only about "one viewer" - Trump tweeted about the "Fake Book, written by a totally discredited author".

Mr Trump slammed Mr Bannon after his negative comments surfaced last week, claiming the former top aide has "lost his mind". 'Watch the hatred and unfairness of this CNN flunky!'

Trump also tweeted that throughout his life, "my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart".

"I'm sure he's watching and he's happy that you said that", Tapper responded. "The president's tweets absolutely reaffirm the plain spoken truth: self made billionaire who revolutionized reality TV, and tapped into something magical that's happening in the hearts of this country". You're being a factotum in order to please him.

Miller tried to protest, but Tapper quickly said, 'Thank you Stephen.' The camera panned away from the White House aide as Tapper started reading from the teleprompter, readying his audience the next segment.