'Fire and Fury' Is 'Grotesque' and 'Fiction': Stephen Miller

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"But there was a clip at the end where Tapper was trying to ask Miller several questions and Miller, all he would do was just lavish the president with effusive personal praise to the point where Tapper said you're only speaking to an audience of one right now".

CNN has not independently confirmed all the assertions in "Fire and Fury" by author Michael Wolff, which portrays Trump allies questioning the President's mental fitness for office.

During the contentious interview, Miller offered largely combative responses and focused on presenting Trump as a "political genius," repeatedly refusing to answer questions until Tapper chose to cut him off and move to the next segment.

Miller accused CNN of "anti-Trump hysterical coverage" following the Friday release of the book, which portrays Trump, a former reality TV start who took office almost a year ago, as mentally unstable and unfit for the demands of his job.

Miller, in turn, scolded Tapper for making "condescending" and "snide" remarks and bashed CNN for airing "24 hours of negative, anti-Trump, hysterical coverage".

In the book, Bannon predicted that the special counsel investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation would "crack" the younger Trump "like an egg on national TV".

Miller also staunchly defended the President's tweets Saturday morning, in which he defended himself as a "very stable genius" and said his two greatest assets throughout his life have been "mental stability and being, like, really smart".

"The President's tweets absolutely reaffirm the plainspoken truth: A self-made billionaire revolutionized reality TV and tapped into something magical that's happening in the hearts of this country", Miller said.

In addition to assailing Mr. Bannon, Mr. Miller sharply criticized Mr. Wolff and his book, saying it "is best understood as a work of very poorly written fiction".

The newsman also got into a tussle with Miller over who hired him, suggesting it was Bannon who helped bring the young aide on board. "Watch the hatred and unfairness of this CNN flunky!" He then added, "I think I've wasted enough of my viewers' time" before cutting off the interview.

'I'm sure he's watching, and he's happy that you said that, ' Tapper shot back.

The conversation further devolved as the CNN newsman tried asking the aide about Bannon's role in the White House and also about a letter Miller helped draft that articulated reasons to fire FBI Director James Comey, a move Trump made in May. Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, also defended Trump's stability and said, "he didn't become the president by accident". "You are being a factotum in order to please him".

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