Trump aide Stephen Miller rips Wolff book as 'grotesque work of fiction'


Earlier on Sunday, the administration continued its assault on Bannon, with Donald Trumps senior policy adviser, Stephen Miller, saying in a heated interview on CNN that comments by Bannon in the new book were "out of touch with reality", "vindictive" and "grotesque".

Miller, a former Bannon ally, on CNN's "State of the Union" defended the president as a genius and rejected "Fire and Fury" as a work of fiction.

Stephen Miller, seen here on August 2, 2017, told CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday that comments in a new book from former Trump aid Steve Bannon are "grotesque".

Miller repeatedly described Trump as a "political genius" and complained about the unfair treatment during the interview.

Bannon, Tapper reminded Miller, had criticized the Trump Tower meeting between Russians and campaign staff, saying, 'The chance that Don Jr. didn't walk these Jumos up to his father's office on the 26th floor is zero'.

Tapper pushed back on that claim, noting how many people from the White House are quoted, on the record, in Wolff's book.

"I would have been delighted to have written a contrarian account here: Donald Trump, this unexpected President is actually going to succeed", Mr Wolff said.

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Trump has responded in recent days by denouncing Wolff, threatening legal action against him and tweeting a description of himself as a "very stable genius". Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, also defended Trump's stability and said, "he didn't become the president by accident".

"There's one viewer you care about right now and you are being obsequious, you're being a factotum in order to please him, OK?" He returned to the fray on Sunday as he prepared to leave Camp David, the presidential retreat in rural Maryland, to return to Washington after meetings with Republican lawmakers and members of his cabinet.

Miller, during his CNN appearance, praised Trump as "a self-made billionaire who revolutionized reality TV and who has changed the course of our politics".

"I've had to put up with the Fake News from the first day I announced that I would be running for President".

"The author is a garbage author of a garbage book", said Miller, explaining that the depiction of the President was contrary to his own experience. Ronald Reagan had the same problem and handled it well. They would say. we're not at 25th Amend level yet.

Mr Trump slammed Mr Bannon after his negative comments surfaced last week, claiming the former top aide has "lost his mind". "I am the only person to date to conduct a global effort to preach the message of Trump and Trumpism; and remain ready to stand in the breach for this president's efforts to make America great again".