White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller attacked a new book about the inner workings of President Donald Trump's White House as "garbage" and a "grotesque work of fiction" in a tense interview Sunday.
Regarding Bannon, Miller said that his role was "greatly exaggerated" inside the White House, adding that it is "tragic and unfortunate that Steve would make these grotesque comments so out of touch with reality and obviously so vindictive".
Mr. Miller, in his defense of the president, called him a "political genius" who could rattle off complete paragraphs on the fly in response to news events and then deliver them "flawlessly" to a campaign audience.
Tapper questioned Miller about Trump's Saturday tweetstorm, in which he seemed to think that calling himself "a very stable genius" would deflect the growing suspicions, exacerbated by Wolff's book, that the president is in some way mentally unwell.
When Miller continued with his support of the president, Tapper cut him off saying "I get it: There's one viewer that you care about right now [referring to Trump], and you're being obsequious in order to please him".
Mr Wolff's book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, paints an unflattering portrait of Mr Trump, claiming the President's staff - and even his family members - regard him as "like a child". He did not respond to Mr Bannon's apology on Sunday, but did lash out again at Mr Wolff and his book.
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The president, who was returning from Camp David, where he had met with Republican congressional leaders and cabinet officials about the 2018 legislative agenda, weighed in with his own criticism.
Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press", Wolff said he was given access to the White House in the early months of Trump's term, and that his "goal was to keep going until somebody said go away". Wolff has been accused in the past of suspect reporting, most notably in his 1998 book "Burn Rate". Lewandowski said he has a hard time believing what Wolff wrote but that Bannon should be ashamed if it's true.
"I'm with him nearly every day", Mr. Pompeo said on "Fox News Sunday".
"We talk about some of the most serious matters facing America and the world, complex issues, the president is engaged, he understands the complexity, he asks really hard questions of our team at CIA", Pompeo said on "Fox News Sunday". "He asks really hard questions of our team at C.I.A".
Mr Wolff said members of the Trump White House speak openly about the option, saying things like: "We're not at a 25th Amendment level yet", or "Ok, this is a little 25th Amendment". "To accuse someone of treason is so out of line".