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Trump aide say critical book is 'pile of trash'

12 January 2018

On Sunday, CNN's State of the Union, with host Jake Tapper, chose to bring on White House Policy Advisor, Stephen Miller to, basically, defend Donald Trump, both from the mounting claims that Donald Trump is mentally unstable, as well as from all of the claims made against the Trump administration in Michael Wolff's new book, Fire and Fury.

The book, authored by Michael Miller, paints Trump as a leader who doesn't grasp the job as president and quotes White House aides who question his sanity and competence.

Voices were raised, the two talked over each other and Tapper cut the interview short after saying Miller was not answering the questions that Tapper was asking, instead using the airtime to filibuster "the real experience of Donald Trump", as Miller said.

"He owes Donald Trump, he owes Donald Trump Jr., he owes Jared Kushner and the entire Trump family an apology if that's what he said".

He said that he told Trump that he wanted to write a book, and seemed to give it his approval. Trump has called it a "Fake Book" and its author "totally discredited". You're being a factotum in order to please him. "After refusing to leave, he was escorted out by security".

Aide Stephen Miller tells CNN's "State of the Union" that the book is - in Miller's words - "nothing but a pile of trash through and through".

"I think the viewers right now can ascertain who is being hysterical", Tapper responded.

Miller's interview with Tapper was extremely contentious, and ended when Tapper chose to abandon the segment and move on to other subjects.

"I'm sure he's watching this on TV and is very happy that you said that", Tapper said about Trump, prompting Miller to call Tapper "condescending".

The commander-in-chief appeared to be tuned in, too. "Watch the hatred and unfairness of this CNN flunky!"

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Trump aide say critical book is 'pile of trash'

Trump himself commented on the interview Sunday morning. But, really, we are against people who don't tell the truth.

Regardless of how the interview went in actuality, though, the "one viewer" that Tapper claimed Miller had in mind at least considered it to be a success.

Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo, who said Mr Trump was "completely fit" to lead the country, said he paused before answering because it was such "a ludicrous question".

Trump defended his background and success during an impromptu audience with reportersand in a series of tweets on Saturday. He also lauded Trump as a "political genius".

The website WikiLeaks has tweeted a link to the text of the new book critical of President Donald Trump that has angered the president, his staff and his allies.

"It reads like an angry, vindictive person spouting off to a highly discreditable author", Miller added of the book.

Miller then went on to justify Trump's habit of self-flattery by saying that he was "a political genius" who had "tapped into something magical that's happening in the heart of this country". Miller is a witness in the Mueller investigation.

"It was a disclaimer", he said.

NBC News has not confirmed much of the book.

And in fact, when I chose to just do it, I said to myself - I said, you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story.

Trump aide say critical book is 'pile of trash'