(CNSNews.com) – In an interview Sunday with CNN’s “State of the Union with Jake Tapper,” White House Senior Policy Adviser Stephen Miller took Tapper to task for his network’s negative coverage of President Donald Trump.
When asked to address Trump’s tweets Saturday defending himself against claims that he is not mentally fit to be president prompted by author Michael Wolff’s unflattering book, “Fire and Fury,” Miller said the president’s tweets help his cause in demonstrating that he is stable enough for the job.
Then Miller criticized CNN, saying it has “a real crisis of legitimacy.”
“Not only do I think they help it, but I think in the toxic environment that you’ve created here in CNN and cable news, which is a real crisis of legitimacy for your network, and we saw it of course with the extremely fake news that you reported about the Don Jr., and Wikileaks story. That was a huge embarrassment for your network just like the huge embarrassment you had when you got the Comey testimony wrong--” Miller said.
Tapper tried to steer the conversation back to the issue of the president’s mental fitness.
“I’m getting to the issue of your fitness, but the president’s tweets absolutely confirm the plain spoken truth – a self-made billionaire, revolutionized reality TV, and tapped into something magical that’s happening in the hearts of this country,” Miller said.
“The people that you don’t connect with and understand, the people whose manufacturing jobs have left, you’ve been besieged by high-crime communities and who’ve been affected by a policy of uncontrolled immigration, those voices, those experiences don’t get covered on this network,” he said.
“And to prove the point, I was booked to talk about the very issues I’m just describing, and you’re not even asking about them, because they’re not interesting facts to you,” Miller said.
“That’s not true. I have plenty of questions on immigration. You’ve attempted to filibuster by talking about your fight for the president—” Tapper said.
When Miller tried to steer the conversation back to the president’s experiences, Tapper ended the interview.
“Okay, you’re not answering the questions,” Tapper said.
“You have 24 hours a day of anti-Trump material. You’re not going to give three minutes for the American people to hear the real experience of Donald Trump,” Miller said.
“There’s one viewer that you care about right now, and you’re being obsequious,” Tapper said.
Miller’s exchange with Tapper comes one day before the president planned to hold what he called “the most dishonest and corrupt media awards of the year.”
In a tweet last week, the president said, “I will be announcing THE MOST DISHONEST & CORRUPT MEDIA AWARDS OF THE YEAR on Monday at 5:00 o’clock. Subjects will cover Dishonesty & Bad Reporting in various categories from the Fake News Media. Stay tuned!"