Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Stephen Miller Joins Tucker to Talk Immigration, Contentious CNN Interview

Stephen Miller Joins Tucker to Talk Immigration, Contentious CNN Interview

Chief policy adviser Stephen Miller, in a combative appearance Sunday on CNN, described the book as "nothing but a pile of trash through and through".

Regardless, it seemed like Miller accomplished what Tapper insinuated that he was seeking. "You are not that far away from comprehensive immigration reform", Trump said much to the consternation of members of his own party and even Democrats.

Tapper then got personal, telling Miller that "this is the reason they don't put you out on TV".

Calling the book "a work of very poorly-written fiction" and Wolff a "a garbage author of a garbage book", Miller told Tapper: "It's tragic and unfortunate that Steve would make these grotesque comments so out of touch with reality and obviously so vindictive".

"I'm not acting offended". Let me tell you something.

Miller was asked to leave the set multiple times but refused, after which security stepped in and escorted him off the "State of the Union" set, a CNN employee confirmed to The Hill.

Keen to seize on the momentum he and Republicans secured at the end of previous year with the passage of a major tax overhaul, Mr Trump and senior party figures including Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, travelled to the presidential retreat in Maryland for a two-day session to draw up priorities for 2018.

"This is not a statement from CNN". "You need to correct... Whether he realised it was an interview or not I don't know", he said on NBC. "But we did not issue any such statement".

One White House aide told Capitol Hill Blue Sunday that Trump ordered his appointees to "get their butt out there" and defend him or "find another job".

CNN editor-at-large Chris Cillizza said the Trump administration feel unfairly targeted by the news organisation as it does not like being held accountable for baseless claims made to the public.

After Tapper asked Miller if Trump's tweet helps or hurts his cause, Miller went off about CNN's validity as a legitimate news network, saying that CNN has created a "toxic environment" and continued to deliver "fake news". "Watch the hatred and unfairness of this CNN flunky!"

But on Sunday Mr Bannon said the barb was directed at former aide Paul Manafort, who was also present. "Now we send - the White House sends people out just to kiss up to the president of the United States, and what's so remarkable, everybody knows that is the only goal". Central Intelligence Agency chief Mike Pompeo told Fox News Sunday the portrayal was "pure fantasy".

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