Stephen Miller and CNN’s Tapper face off in off-camera dispute: ‘You should be ashamed of yourself’


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.” 

“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.”

“You gave me two minutes,” Miller shot back, later 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 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 Hill has reached out to the White House for comment. 

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 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 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.

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