In a combative interview on CNN's "State of the Union," Miller disputed the broad outlines of Wolff's portrayal of President Trump while deflecting a number of specific queries posed by host Jake Tapper about episodes depicted in the book. He urged his followers to "watch the hatred and unfairness of this CNN flunky!"
"You have 24 hours of negative, anti-Trump, hysterical coverage on this network that led in recent weeks to some spectacularly embarrassing false reporting from your network", said Mr. Miller, the White House's senior advisor for policy.
Pressing Miller on the latter topic, Tapper rattled off several issues Bannon had a hand in, such as the Muslim travel ban and the decisions to pull out of the Paris climate accord and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Tapper denied that anyone at CNN was "trying to stick knives" into Trump. CNN reported that Trump Jr. was sent the email on September 4, 2016, days before a trove of stolen emails were publicly released.
"(Bannon's) role has been greatly exaggerated, whereas the President hasn't gotten the due that he deserves for the movement that he put together to tap into the kinds of people whose life concerns don't get a lot of attention on CNN", Miller said.
"- just like the huge embarrassment that you had when you got the Comey testimony wrong", Mr. Miller continued.
Miller accused Tapper of being "condescending" and failing to ask questions about policy. At one point, when Tapper turned the conversation to the issue of Trump's fitness for office, Miller snapped back, "I'm getting to the issue of your fitness". "I think I've wasted enough of my viewers' time", Tapper said, as Miller attempted to keep talking.
Shortly after, Trump tweeted his approval of Miller's appearance. The interview became so contentious that Tapper cut the interview short and said Miller was wasting his viewers' time.
His comments came as Steve Bannon, the former White House aide who gives damaging quotes in the book, expressed regret at the comments attributed to him. Bannon referred to a 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr and a Russian Federation lawyer at Trump Tower as "treasonous" and suggested that it was highly likely that Trump Jr told his father about the meeting.
The newsman also got into a tussle with Miller over who hired him, suggesting it was Bannon who helped bring the young aide on board.
"I'm sure he's watching and he will be happy that you said that", Tapper replied.
President Trump's former chief strategist Stephen K. Bannon issued an apologetic statement on January 7, as Trump's anger at his unflattering comments in a new book continues.