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Steve Bannon expresses regret over comments in controversial book on Donald Trump

Steve Bannon expresses regret over comments in controversial book on Donald Trump

The White House deployed Stephen Miller, a top Trump adviser with strong connections to white nationalism, to defend Donald Trump against allegations that he is unfit for the presidency.

"I get it. There's one viewer you care about right now", Tapper said, referring to Trump.

In the book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House", by Michael Wolff, Mr. Bannon said Mr. Trump had "lost his stuff", and he described the meeting with Russians attended by Donald Trump Jr. and the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as potentially treasonous.

"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.

About halfway through the interview, things really got heated as Miller continued to dodge Tapper's questions.

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The conversation further devolved as the CNN newsman tried asking the aide about Bannon's role in the White House and also about a letter Miller helped draft that articulated reasons to fire FBI Director James Comey, a move Trump made in May.

After Mr Trump tweeted about having a bigger "nuclear button" than North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, more than 100 medical professionals signed a letter saying they were "deeply concerned" about the President's "psychological aberrations".

(Miller, who was working for the campaign at the time, said he did not know anything about that meeting).

Bannon issued a statement to news site Axios reaffirming his "unwavering" support for the president, and praising Trump's eldest son. He then added, "I think I've wasted enough of my viewers' time" before cutting off the interview.

"It's tragic and unfortunate that Steve would make these grotesque comments so out of tough with reality and obviously so vindictive", Miller told Tapper.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May dismissed concerns about Mr Trump's mental state after the book's publication, saying the President would still be visiting the United Kingdom in the future.

After excerpts from the book leaked early last week, the White House decried it as pure "fiction", but the president reserved his fiercest anger for Bannon, who was pushed from the White House in August but - over the objection of many aides - remained in Trump's orbit, with the two men speaking by phone occasionally.

Tapper finally cut Miller off. He urged his followers to "watch the hatred and unfairness of this CNN flunky!"

Later, Miller dodged another question about the president's fitness by attacking CNN for promoting "very fake news", and again proclaimed Trump's genius. "If they were stronger, hopefully, you would not have something like that happen where you can say whatever comes to your head".

Tapper, sensing that Miller was catering to a very specific viewer with his comments, said, "I'm sure he's watching and he's happy you said that".

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