White House Senior Policy Adviser Stephen Miller is denying reports that he had to be escorted out of CNN after a contentious interview with network anchor Jake Tapper on Sunday.
During a friendly interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Monday night, Miller said the story was bunk.
“Like many things CNN says, this story has the most important virtue of all CNN stories of being not true. It’s an amusing story but not a true one,” said Miller. “It’s just another example of CNN’s very low journalistic standards.”
In addition to Miller, White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley also told reporters separately that the story was false.
Carlson, however, did reference a video which is known to exist of Miller and Tapper sparring after the segment ended during the commercial break, partial transcripts of which were leaked online Monday.
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
“Here’ what we know is true,” said Carlson, adding, “There was a video apparently taken without your knowledge of you on the set after the segment ended during the commercial break and someone — apparently from CNN, I don’t know who else would have access to it — leaked that to other news organizations.”
CNN has consistently declined to comment on the matter.
While many panned Miller’s CNN fight with Tapper, he did have one very big fan in his corner, President Donald Trump. After things wrapped up, the leader of the free world took to Twitter to laud his policy adviser’s performance.
The president also blasted Tapper as a “CNN flunky.”
Jake Tapper of Fake News CNN just got destroyed in his interview with Stephen Miller of the Trump Administration. Watch the hatred and unfairness of this CNN flunky!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 7, 2018