Newly reported quotes reveal that the heated segment between CNN’s Jake Tapper and White House adviser Stephen Miller continued off-camera on Sunday, with Tapper telling Miller, “Don’t act so offended.”
CBS News producer obtained the transcript of the argument, which took place just after Tapper abruptly cut off the interview by declaring Miller had already “wasted enough of my viewers’ time.”
Here’s a transcript of at least part of the not-seen-on-TV conversation between Stephen Miller and @jaketapper during the commercial break that followed the @CNNSotu interview… pic.twitter.com/NhBFrEeesA
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“Jake, what I care about is having three minutes to tell the truth about the president of the United States,” Miller said to Tapper after “State of the Union” cut to commercial.
“You had plenty of time,” Tapper countered. “I let you give like a three-minute filibuster at the very top.”
“You gave me two minutes,” Miller fired back, adding, “You should be ashamed of yourself. Honestly.”
“This is the reason they don’t put you out on TV,” Tapper said. “OK? This is the reason.”
“You spent the entire interview attacking CNN … OK, so don’t act all offended,” the host quipped later in the exchange.
“I’m not acting offended,” Miller said. “I am offended. I’m offended by you and I’m offended by your network.”
Miller reportedly was escorted off the set by CNN security after refusing to leave after that.
The verbal feud between Tapper and Miller took place after Miller accused CNN of creating a “toxic environment” and the host saying Miller was only trying to impress President Trump by attacking the network.
“Not only do I think they help it, but I think in the toxic environment that you’ve created here and CNN and cable news, which is a real crisis of legitimacy for your network,” Miller said during the interview when pressed about Trump’s Sunday tweet declaring himself to be “a very stable genius.”
“I get it. There’s one viewer that you care about right now and you’re being obsequious and you’re being a factotum in order to please him, OK,” Tapper said to Miller, referencing Trump.
“And I think I’ve wasted enough of my viewers’ time. Thank you, Stephen,” Tapper added before introducing the next segment and going to break.
After the heated interview, White House policy adviser Stephen Miller told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Monday night that he was not escorted from “extraordinarily biased” CNN after the network cut to a commercial break.
“Like many things CNN says, this story has the most important virtue of all CNN stories, of being not true,” Miller told Carlson. “It’s an amusing story, but not a true one.”
Miller added, “CNN has been extraordinarily biased, extraordinarily unfair to the president, and is not giving viewers honest information.”
H/T: The Hill