Steve Bannon expresses regret over comments in controversial book on Donald Trump

Mr Trump previously defended himself on Twitter as a "very stable genius" and "like, really smart".

"There's one viewer you care about right now and you are being obsequious, you're being a factotum in order to please him, OK?"

A top White House aide called Steve Bannon's comments in a new book on President Donald Trump "grotesque" Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" before anchor Jake Tapper cut him off for not answering questions.

Miller dismissed both Bannon and Wolff's credibility, saying the author was a "garbage author of a garbage book", and that claims in the book were "a pile of trash". That echoed an attention-grabbing statement from him in the early days of the administration, when Miller asserted in a television interview that Trump's executive powers "will not be questioned".

A US TV journalist cut-off one of Donald Trump's White House advisers during a spiky interview, accusing the aide of "wasting enough of my viewers' time" after attacking the TV network he was appearing on.

In his statement to Axios, Bannon said his "support is also unwavering for the president and his agenda", and that he remains "ready to stand in the breech for this president's efforts to make America great again".

After Mr Trump tweeted about having a bigger "nuclear button" than North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, more than 100 medical professionals signed a letter saying they were "deeply concerned" about the President's "psychological aberrations".

Trump's perception was curious, because Miller had not "destroyed" Tapper.

Watch the full exchange here:Did Trump say anything about the interview?

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".

Mr Wolff, however, maintained that it was not his initial intention to write a book critical of Mr Trump.

On NBC's Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd asked Wolff if he left out anything in the book that would have been favourable to Trump because it didn't fit the narrative.

In the end, Tapper cut the interview short, telling Miller, "I've wasted enough of my viewers' time" before turning to pitch the next segment - all while Miller impotently continued to rant at Tapper from off camera.

"Steven, I'm trying to get to the issue of the president's fitness", Tapper said.

That's when Miller lost his cool and accused Tapper of being "condescending".

Miller also argued that the president's Saturday tweets, in which he boasted about his "mental stability" and IQ, were helpful in arguing the point that he had the fortitude to do the job. Following Miller's praise of Trump, Tapper remarked: "I'm sure he's watching and he's happy that you said that".

"Stephen, Stephen, settle down, calm down", Tapper replied, obviously frustrated.

  • Rogelio Becker