Bannon 'Regrets' Explosive Comments As Surrogates Denounce Wolff Book On Sunday Shows

Bannon 'Regrets' Explosive Comments As Surrogates Denounce Wolff Book On Sunday Shows

In a combative interview on CNN's "State of the Union," Miller disputed the broad outlines of Wolff's portrayal of President Trump while deflecting a number of specific queries posed by host Jake Tapper about episodes depicted in the book.

Former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon issued a lengthy apology to Donald Trump and his family as several of the president's allies spoke out against an explosive new book that raised doubts about the former real estate developer's fitness for office.

Senior White House adviser Stephen Miller has never been shy about expressing his unreserved adoration for President Trump, which is one reason he's among the most powerful people in America.

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.

"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. "And I will also say that the author is a garbage author of a garbage book".

Wallace noted that the Central Intelligence Agency does psychological profiles of world leaders and asked what he would say about "a world leader who refers to himself as 'a very stable genius, '" as Trump did in a tweet Saturday.

Miller praised Trump extensively, saying the "reality" is that the President is a political genius and that Trump's Twitter missive declaring himself a "very stable genius" did not undermine the claim.

"You have 24 hours of negative, anti-Trump, hysterical coverage on this network that led in recent weeks to some spectacularly embarrassing false reporting from your network", said Mr. Miller, the White House's senior advisor for policy.

"I'm sure he's watching and he will be happy that you said that", Tapper replied.

"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.

'The president has an approval rating in the 30s, ' the journalist said.

"This, is I think, not an exaggeration and it's not unreasonable to say: This is 25th Amendment kind of stuff", he told NBC's Chuck Todd. 'I don't know what magical you're talking about'.

"Stephen, settle down, settle down, calm down", Tapper said.

Tapper then called Miller "obsequious, ' saying he "wasted enough of our viewers" time" and that there was 'only one viewer he was concerned about'.

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