Top Trump aide Stephen Miller was booted off CNN on Sunday, after engaging in testy exchanges with network anchor Jake Tapper over the book "Fire and Fury". Before it ended, Mr. Tapper told Mr. Miller, who is known for his hard-edge attacks on political opponents and the news media, that he was wasting his audience's time.
Mr. Wolff, appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press," defended the accuracy of his book and contradicted the White House account of how often he had talked to the president.
Miller accused CNN of "anti-Trump hysterical coverage" following the Friday release of the book, which portrays Trump, a former reality TV start who took office almost a year ago, as mentally unstable and unfit for the demands of his job.
'Jake Tapper of Fake News CNN just got destroyed in his interview with Stephen Miller of the Trump Administration, ' Trump wrote. "Watch the hatred and unfairness of this CNN flunky!"
During the interview, Miller characterized the new book about the Trump administration, "Fire and Fury, " which was released January 5, as "a work of very poorly written fiction". "And I will also say that the author is a garbage author of a garbage book".
He also termed Bannon's comments in the book "vindictive" and "out of touch with reality". In the book, former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon makes a number of scathing critiquesagainst Trump and his inner circle, including calling a meeting between Trump campaign officials with a Russian lawyer in Trump Tower during the presidential campaign "treasonous" and "unpatriotic".
"The President's tweets absolutely reaffirm the plainspoken truth: A self-made billionaire revolutionized reality TV and tapped into something magical that's happening in the hearts of this country", Miller said.
In a separate tweet, Trump called "Fire and Fury" a "Fake Book" written by a "totally discredited author", referring to Wolff.
"Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart", the president said in a tweet.
"Crooked Hillary Clinton also played these cards very hard and, as everyone knows, went down in flames".
The very public apology was just the latest fallout from the release of "Fire and Fury", in which Wolff claims, after having had access to the West Wing during the first months of the Trump administration, that numerous president's top aides and confidants consider him paranoid, inept and even unfit to hold office.
He said that Mr. Trump had initially flattered him about the project, and that he had told interview subjects that "the president said he likes this idea" of a book.
In his book, Wolff relied heavily on on-the-record interviews with Bannon, who was critical of other White House aides and Trump's children.