White House senior policy advisor Stephen Miller appeared on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday and it quickly turned into a contentious and combative affair. Continuing the drama, Miller reportedly also had to be escorted out of the studio by security after ignoring several polite requests to leave.
Business Insider first reported on the incident, citing two sources who said that after the taping, Miller refused to leave the set and had to be escorted out by security.
During the interview, Miller slammed as "very poorly written fiction", and "a pile of trash through and through" the incendiary new book by Michael Wolff, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House", which was rushed into bookstores Friday after President Donald Trump failed to suppress it. Wolff, he said, was "a garbage author of a garbage book".
Tapper got blown out of the water when he referenced a tweet from the president over the weekend addressing his mental stability to ask if tweeting helps Trump's cause. CNN is a familiar target for Trump and Miller, with each having publicly sparred with the network's star chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta.
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Both CNN and the White House declined to comment on the nature of Miller's departure.
The chief executive of "Fire and Fury" publisher McMillan blasted back at President Trump's lawyer for a "flagrantly unconstitutional" effort to try to cease publication of a book critical of the president.
In a letter to company employees Monday and shared with The Associated Press, Macmillan CEO John Sargent wrote "no American court" would go along with President Trump should he sue to have "Fire and Fury" withdrawn.
The two then bickered, with Miller declaring that he was brought on to talk about the recent Camp David summit and Tapper accusing Miller of "telling the same story over and over" and "attacking" CNN. He urged his followers to "watch the hatred and unfairness of this CNN flunky!"
The interview came to an abrupt end as Mr Tapper suggested the only viewer Mr Miller cared about was Mr Trump himself.
"I regret that my delay in responding to the inaccurate reporting regarding Don Jr has diverted attention from the president's historical accomplishments in the first year of his presidency", he said in the statement.