Tapper was testy. Plus: Bannon apologizes for his role in Fire and Fury.

On Sunday, White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller dropped by Jake Tapper’s CNN studio to appear on State of the Union and defend his boss, President Donald Trump, from allegations made in the hottest new political book in the country — Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, a gossipy look at the fledgling administration’s first act. Miller was there to trash the book and its sources, namely Steve Bannon, ousted from the Trump Train and recently spurned by his original patrons, the billionaire Mercers. Bannon’s appearance in Wolff’s book as a main voice was a betrayal. This week, the president released a statement slamming Bannon, whom he said “lost his mind.” (Later on Sunday, Bannon told Axios he regrets much of the contents of the Wolff book.)

Miller did his job well: Fire and Fury was “a work of very poorly-written fiction,” and Wolff a “a garbage author of a garbage book;” Bannon’s participation was “tragic” and “unfortunate.”

“It’s tragic and unfortunate that Steve would make these grotesque comments so out of tough with reality and obviously so vindictive,” Miller told Tapper. Miller sought to distance himself from the Breitbart News chairman, who had in fact helped him get a job with Trump in the first place. (Miller said that it was actually former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski who helped him get in with Trump.) According to Miller, Bannon’s role in the Trump presidency has been “greatly exaggerated.”

The aide then lavished praise on the president, describing Trump as a “political genius” — which echoed Trump’s self-characterization on Twitter the day before. For Miller, Trump is a “self-made billionaire, who Read More Here