White House policy adviser and Trump loyalist Stephen Miller tried to finish his combative conversation with CNN's Jake Tapper after the cameras stopped rolling on Sunday but the anchor wanted no part of it, according to a CNN source.
"The segment was over and Mr. Miller was politely asked to leave the set multiple times".
The interview went off the rails quickly after Tapper pressed the White House aide on claims about President Donald Trump in Michael Wolff's new book on the administration, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House".
At this, Tapper replied: "I'm sure he's watching and he's happy you said that".
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough hammered White House adviser Stephen Miller for his "embarrassing" CNN appearance sucking up to the president. He urged his followers to "watch the hatred and unfairness of this CNN flunky!"
A hesitant Miller conspicuously refused to rule it out, haltingly telling Tapper, "I have no knowledge of anything to do with that meeting".
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The interview turned tense as Miller began repeatedly slamming CNN's political coverage and the media instead of directly answering host Jake Tapper's questions.
Miller also criticized Bannon, who is quoted extensively in the book, saying it was "tragic and unfortunate" that Bannon "would make these grotesque comments so out of touch with reality and obviously so vindictive". The book publisher said any effort by Trump to suppress the book would be "flagrantly unconstitutional".
The interview became so contentious that Tapper cut the interview short and said Miller was wasting his viewers' time.
Asked why Tapper would not give him three minutes to talk about the president he has known for two years, Tapper told Miller, "Because it's my show and I don't want to do that".
Miller did not respond to request for comment.
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), who is aligned with Bannon on pro-Israel policies and had Bannon's help last month at a campaign fundraiser, called his ally's statement a "positive step forward" in terms of clarity. When the White House released its official transcript Tuesday afternoon, the president's line - "Yeah, I would like to do it" - was missing.