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Stephen Miller backs Trump as 'genius', and gets kicked off CNN

Stephen Miller backs Trump as 'genius', and gets kicked off CNN

Earlier on Sunday, the administration continued its assault on Bannon, with Donald Trump's senior policy adviser, Stephen Miller, saying in a heated interview on CNN that comments by Bannon in the new book were "out of touch with reality,"vindictive" and "grotesque".

Miller took aim at comments attributed to Steven Bannon, the now-disgraced former White House aide whose quotes in Michael Wolff's book triggered acrimonious replies by Trump and his supporters.

The White House has been on the defensive since excerpts of the book were published last week with the president and his aides scrambling to discredit both its portrayal of Trump and the author's methods. In the book, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon makes a number of scathing critiquesagainst Trump and his inner circle, including calling a meeting between Trump campaign officials with a Russian lawyer in Trump Tower during the presidential campaign "treasonous" and "unpatriotic".

"I would have been delighted to have written a contrarian account here: Donald Trump, this unexpected President is actually going to succeed", Mr Wolff said.

Earlier this week, Dana Rohrabacher, the Republican Congressman from California who is a steadfast Trump supporter, spent most of his airtime on CNN scolding anchorwoman Ana Cabrera for the channel's coverage of Trump, while avoiding questions about the FBI's investigation into Russian meddling in the last USA presidential election.

What began as a routine interview on his show, State of the Union, quickly turned into a battle to be heard, with Tapper trying to fit in his questions as Miller shouted over him with increasing anger.

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Miller then accused Tapper of not caring about the real issues and again called him "condescending".

"I have no idea why you're attacking me", Tapper responded, saying Miller was being "obsequious" and asking him to "calm down" before cutting the interview short. He urged his followers to "watch the hatred and unfairness of this CNN flunky!" "And I think I've wasted enough of my viewers' time".

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

"It happens to be a true statement", Miller said of the characterization.

"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", Bannon said. "The president's tweets absolutely reaffirm the plain spoken truth: self made billionaire who revolutionized reality TV, and tapped into something magical that's happening in the hearts of this country". "Thank you, Stephen", Tapper said.

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