CNN's Jake Tapper cuts off 'obsequious' White House 'factotum' in contentious interview

During the interview, Miller blasted Fire and Fury as "a garbage book", praised Trump as a "political genius," and echoed Trump's assertion Bannon had little to do with his presidency. Many in the president's circle had been urging Trump for weeks to publicly distance himself from Bannon and used the fallout from the book to persuade the president to sever ties with him.

Tapper called Miller "obsequious", presumably meaning to President Trump.

Manafort should have know the Russians "are duplicitous, cunning and not our friend", Bannon said. "To reiterate, those comments were not aimed at Don Jr".

Wolff was granted unusually wide access to the White House during much of Trump's first year at the behest of former Trump strategist Steve Bannon, who advised the president during his first months in office and during his presidential campaign.

My support is also unwavering for the president and his agenda - as I have shown daily in my national radio broadcasts, on the pages of Breitbart News and in speeches and appearances from Tokyo and Hong Kong to Arizona and Alabama.

Asked by Mr Todd if he omitted positive anecdotes about the President from his book, the author replied: "If I left out anything, it's probably stuff that was even more damning".

He said that Ronald Reagan had had the same problem and "handled it well", adding: "So will I!"

At the end of an extremely tense and heated interview with White House senior policy advisor Stephen Miller, CNN anchor Jake Tapper seemingly had enough and made a decision to end the segment.

Miller ducked Tapper's other questions about Trump's recent tweets, Bannon's influence on Trump's presidency and policy and a New York Times report in September 2017 that Miller in May helped compose a list of reasons to fire James Comey as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In the past, Pompeo has described Trump as engaged with the intelligence in his briefings, and said part of Trump's preferred briefing method involves visual aids and "killer graphics".

"Thank you, Stephen", Tapper said.

"He delivers policy outcomes based on the information that we provide him", Pompeo said in a separate interview on CBS's "Face the Nation". When he delivers information to Trump nearly daily, the President engages with it and is an "avid consumer" of the CIA's work, Pompeo said. Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, also defended Trump's stability and said, "he didn't become the president by accident".

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.

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.

  • Aubrey Nash