CNN's Jake Tapper visited the Late Night with Seth Meyers to reflect on his viral interview with President Trump's senior adviser Stephen Miller. Miller appeared on State of the Union to discuss three key issues: Michael Wolff's book Fire and Fury, the falling out between Trump and his former chief strategist Steve Bannon, and immigration policy.
But the interview took a sour turn when Miller became combative and tense, as he continually interrupted Tapper. As Miller began revisiting talking points and praising his boss, Tapper accused Miller of showing off for Trump. "There’s one viewer that you care about right now and you’re being obsequious,” Tapper said. "I think I have wasted enough of my viewers' time," he added, abruptly ending Miller's airtime.
As CNN's chief Washington correspondent, Tapper has brought a number of Republicans on his show. Since Republicans are in control of the White House, Senate, and House, he believes it is important to ask them questions and obtain information from them. He has even interviewed Trump. "Most of the time, when they want to get across their point of view, even if they think you’re being unfair or if they don’t like the questions, there’s an effort made to have a certain behavior like a human being," he said to Meyers.
"There's also usually in politics an effort to be likable, to convince people. And I certainly understand the White House point of view that the media is unfair to them and doesn't give them their due and all of that," Tapper continued. "But, it wasn't a conversation, where he wasn't allowing me to ask questions. He wasn't answering my questions. He started repeating himself. It was just bizarre."
Hilariously enough, during Meyers' show, Tapper admitted that he even found himself defending Bannon — who was instrumental in Trump's campaign — to Miller. Tapper acknowledged that he wouldn't have booked Miller if he thought the interview would end so badly.