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Trump Blasts CNN After Top Aide's Heated Interview

White House aide Stephen Miller blasts Steve Bannon, touts Trump as 'political genius' amid book blowback

White House Senior Policy Adviser Stephen Miller is denying reports that he had to be escorted out of CNN after a contentious interview with network anchor Jake Tapper on Sunday.

According to two inside sources who spoke to Business Insider, Miller refused to leave the set of CNN even after he was informed that he would not be getting any more air time with Tapper.

Arden Farhi, White House producer for CBS News, reported on the removal Sunday based on information from a CNN source.

While the interview started off in a balanced manner, it went off rails when Tapper brought up the topic of Michael Wolff's book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House", which has caused quite a bit of controversy in the recent days.

Tapper cited Trump's statement that "Steve Bannon has nothing to do with me or my presidency" and asked Miller, "Is the president really arguing that Steve Bannon had nothing to do with him or his presidency?"

Miller made a decision to spend his time attacking CNN and praising Trump for things that aren't even true rather than answering the questions asked by Tapper.

White House aide Stephen Miller's angry tantrum against Jake Tapper didn't end after the CNN host prematurely ended their interview and cut off Miller's microphone. He urged his followers to "watch the hatred and unfairness of this CNN flunky!"

Tapper was speaking to Miller about the controversial book, which claims to carry "a wealth of new details about the chaos in the Oval Office" and offer reasons behind the removal of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

Responding to claims he is suffering mental decline, the president fired back and said he was never interviewed for it - hours after declaring himself a "very stable genius" on Twitter.

It's worth noting that in this instance, Miller's instinct for self-preservation appears to have overridden his charge to cover for Trump.

As the interview progressed, Miller talked at length about experiences on the campaign trail, his perceptions of the president, CNN's negative coverage of the president and Tapper's inability to relate to working class people.

Miller said it was "tragic and unfortunate" that former Trump strategist Steve Bannon, who's quoted at length in the book, would make what Miller called "grotesque comments" that are out of step with reality. A White House official said that any omission from the transcript was unintentional and that the context of the conversation was clear. Why don't you just give me three minutes to tell you the truth of the Donald Trump that I know and that all of our campaign knows? "He left on his own will", Gidley said on Monday afternoon.

"It reads like an angry, vindictive person spouting off to a highly discreditable author", Miller said.

He said: "The president is engaged, he understands the complexity, he asks really hard questions of our team at the Central Intelligence Agency".

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