Stephen Miller Escorted Off CNN Set After Heated Jake Tapper Interview (Report)
The White House adviser's appearance on 'State of the Union' was cut abruptly short after Tapper claimed Miller was performing for "an audience of one."
After being abruptly cut off during a contentious interview on CNN's State of the Union, White House advisor Stephen Miller refused to leave the studio and had to be escorted off the set by security, Business Insider reported Sunday.
Two sources told BI that after the interview, Miller was politely asked to leave several times, but refused to do so. Security was then called and Miller was escorted out of the studio. CNN has not commented on the report.
Miller's appearance on Jake Tapper's show came just days after damaging revelations of White House dysfunction were made in Michael Wolff's best-seller Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.
Miller took every opportunity to cast aspersions on Wolff's book and attempted to pivot by criticizing CNN's reputation with accusations of "fake news." The exchange between Tapper and Miller was heated and confrontational from the start, and at one point, Tapper told Miller to "settle down."
Miller also praised Donald Trump's "genius" and mental acuity on several occasions as Tapper, citing claims made in Wolff's book as well as the now infamous "very stable genius" tweetstorm, suggested it raised questions about president's fitness for office. A clearly frustrated Tapper described Miller's responses as "obsequious" and aimed at "one viewer you care about right now," by which the CNN host meant the president.
"I think I've wasted enough of my viewers' time. Thank you, Stephen," Tapper said tersely bringing the interview to an abrupt end. As Tapper moved on to another story, Miller can be heard arguing in the background before being cut off.
Trump later tweeted that Miller had "destroyed" 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
See the full interview above.