Even as the White House continues to deny the legitimacy of Michael Wolff’s book Fire and Fury, the Trump administration surrogates sent on television are stuck talking about it anyway—and when they try to avoid it, the chaos only expands. During his appearance on CNN’s State of the Union, Donald Trump’s senior advisor Stephen Miller refused to answer most of the questions Jake Tapper posed to him about the book, trying instead to sing the praises of the president in terms that may as well have been scripted by the president himself. Tapper was not having it.
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Tapper questioned Miller about Trump’s Saturday tweetstorm, in which he seemed to think that calling himself “a very stable genius” would deflect the growing suspicions, exacerbated by Wolff’s book, that the president is in some way mentally unwell.
“The President’s tweets absolutely reaffirm the plainspoken truth: A self-made billionaire revolutionized reality TV and tapped into something magical that’s happening in the hearts of this country,” Miller said.
Tapper grew visibly frustrated as the two talked over each other and refused to allow the other to steer the conversation away from the point. Miller focused on edifying Trump’s “political genius,” until Tapper ultimately cut him off for refusing to cooperate.
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SOURCE: Vanity Fair, Emma Stefansky