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Stephen Colbert edits himself into Jake Tapper's sizzling interview with Stephen Miller

12 January 2018

In an exceedingly tense interview Sunday morning, a top White House aide continued to deride a new book about the Trump administration while simultaneously downplaying Steve Bannon's role in it and defending President Trump's tweets about his intelligence.

Miller hit back at Tapper by mocking CNN for not being able to predict Trump's election, claiming that the president was "watching and he's happy you said that".

Trump watched the interview, and tweeted, "Jake Tapper of Fake News CNN just got destroyed in his interview with Stephen Miller of the Trump Administration".

The tell-all book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House", by Michael Wolff, has prompted a swift backlash from Trump and his White House. The interview became so contentious that Tapper cut the interview short and said Miller was wasting his viewers' time.

Screenshot/YouTubeWhite House adviser Stephen Miller (Left) speaking with CNN host Jake Tapper.

Mr Bannon went on in his statement to say he regretted waiting five days to say something, and called Mr Wolff's reporting "inaccurate".

Miller also called Trump a "political genius" multiple times.

As the pair talked over each other, Tapper said, "I don't know why you're attacking me". "The betrayal of the president in the book is so contrary to reality, to the experiences of those who've worked with him, to my own experiences having spent the last two years working for him".

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"The president has an approval rating in the 30s, I don't know what's magical that you're talking about", Tapper responded.

Security reportedly had to escort President Donald Trump's senior policy adviser Stephen Miller from the CNN studios on January 7 (video below). "You don't have sourcing, so how much should I believe?"

Tapper accused Miller of being a "factotum" for Trump, and further insulted Miller by saying that he - Miller - only cared about impressing Trump.

"OK, Stephen, thanks for coming in", Tapper responded, obviously trying to move on from the interview.

Miller refused to answer serious questions about the New York Times report that special counsel Robert Mueller, who is heading the Russian Federation investigation, has in his possession a letter outlining the president's reasoning for firing former FBI Director James Comey - which Miller reportedly had a hand in drafting.

Conservative political operative Corey Lewandowski, who managed Trump's campaign from January 2015 to June 2016, was similarly disturbed by Bannon's critiques.

Carlson then asked Miller about a video taken during a commercial break and made public by a CBS News producer.

But Miller's not the first - starting with Sean Spicer's very first press conference the day after the election, and most notably the President himself - to give as good as they got from an antagonistic press.

Stephen Colbert edits himself into Jake Tapper's sizzling interview with Stephen Miller