Newly reported quotes show that a 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 Arden Farhi obtained the back-and-forth, which occurred just after Tapper abruptly ended the interview by stating Miller had "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— Arden Farhi (@ArdenFarhi) January 8, 2018
"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 said. “I let you give like a three-minute filibuster at the very top.”
“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 added 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 tussle between Tapper and Miller occurred after the latter accused CNN of creating a "toxic environment" and the host saying Miller was only trying to impress President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE 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 asked about Trump's Sunday tweet claiming 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 in a reference to Trump.
“And I think I’ve wasted enough of my viewers’ time. Thank you, Stephen,” Tapper added before teasing the next segment and going to break.