In a lengthy interview on CNN's State of the Union, Miller tried, very unsuccessfully, to minimize the role of ousted White House senior strategist Steve Bannon, and was frustrated in his efforts to run out the clock by dogged host Jake Tapper. Miller doesn't apply some exhausted phrase such as "sour grapes" to Bannon, a former White House chief strategist; he uses "vindictive".
"I get it. There is one viewer that you care about right now", Tapper snapped at Miller toward the end.
The Tapper-Miller interview began with the two men allowing each other to speak - but it went downhill steadily.
Tapper then got personal, telling Miller that "this is the reason they don't put you out on TV".
"Steve Bannon's eloquence in that description notwithstanding, it's tragic and unfortunate that Steve would make these grotesque comments, so out of touch with reality and obviously so vindictive", Miller said. At least some Republicans believe Miller is installing policies in a potential immigration bill knowing full well it would not pass in the Senate, where the GOP now has a razor-thin majority, according to the report. Let me tell you something. Bannon's apparent advocacy for letting Wolff hang around the White House is inexplicable, as are some of the statements Bannon apparently made to Wolff attacking Donald Trump Jr., and so forth. Spencer told reporters in 2016 that he acted as a "mentor" to Miller.
"I support President Trump and the platform upon which he was elected", she said.
Providing further oxygen for what might otherwise have been a one-day story, a lawyer for Mr Trump wrote a cease and desist letter to the book's publisher, Henry Holt and Company, demanding it halt release of the book.
Trump tweeted about the interview later Sunday morning.
"I think I've wasted enough of my viewers' time", Tapper said. "Watch the hatred and unfairness of this CNN flunky!"
"That just tells Trump supporters and signals to them and gives them more of an inclination to believe and argue that CNN is pro, I guess, coup, almost", says Houck.