President Trump tweeted his support this morning for his embattled Senior Policy Adviser Stephen Miller after the White House aide’s disastrous appearance on CNN‘s State of The Union With Jake Tapper.
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
Trump must have been watching the interview through rose-colored glasses to reach that conclusion, since most viewers saw a contentious interview that had both men shouting over each other to be heard and left the impression that Miller was a toadying sycophant willing to distort facts to make his points while refusing to answer Tapper’s questions.
Tapper began the conversation by bringing up the scandal du jour, the accusation by former White House Senior Advisor Steve Bannon in the new Michael Wolff book, “Fire And Fury: Inside the Trump White House” that there was “zero” chance that Donald Trump Jr. did not walk the Russians he met with into his dad’s office and that the meeting was “treasonous” and “unpatriotic.”
Miller called Bannon’s comments”tragic,” “unfortunate,” “grotesque,” “out of touch with reality,” and “vindictive” before turning to attack the book’s author Wolff as “highly discreditable.” Tapper allowed Miller to parrot the White House talking points and praise Trump as a political genius for about 5 minutes before he interrupted Miller by saying that the only one that has called Trump a genius in the last week was the President himself.
That was the snapping point for Miler who launched into an indignant defense of Trump while Tapper called him out for simply saying things that would please his boss. The interview then dissolved into a full scale pissing-match with Miller calling Tapper condescending and attacking the credibility of CNN while the network’s anchor vainly tried to get straight answers from the White House advisor. Miller continued to ignore Tapper’s questions to repeat his talking points, until the CNN anchor finally realized that he would never get a straight answer out of Miller and abruptly cut off the interview.
Check out the video below to see the exchange, but while you’re watching, make sure to look at Miller’s eyes. Are those the eyes of a man telling the truth?