America Meets Key Trump Adviser Stephen Miller

He appears on 4 talk shows, earns praise from Trump, scorn from critics
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2017 10:42 AM CST
Trump Adviser Stephen Miller Has His Biggest Intro to Public
Stephen Miller, senior adviser to President Trump, arrives for a meeting with business leaders in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Jan. 30.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The name Stephen Miller has been in the news a great deal since the inauguration, often paired with Steve Bannon as President Trump's top advisers. Over the weekend, however, the 31-year-old Miller got his biggest exposure yet as he appeared on four Sunday talk shows to defend Trump policies, particularly on immigration. The boss was a big fan: "Congratulations Stephen Miller- on representing me this morning on the various Sunday morning shows. Great job!" Trump tweeted. Related coverage about Miller:

  • A Washington Post profile calls him a "key engineer" of Trump's "America First" agenda and notes that Miller first began voicing his conservative views while still in high school, in phone calls to a national radio show. He didn't let up as a college student at Duke.
  • The word "workaholic" comes to mind. As an aide to then Sen. Jeff Sessions, Miller wrote so many emails to Republican colleagues that they were essentially regarded as spam, according to a New York Times profile.
  • A post at Breitbart pushes back against the Times' characterization: "Miller is a tough and determined populist, but he is portrayed merely as a bomb-throwing email spammer in the article." Read the defense of Miller here.

  • On the Sunday talk shows, Miller made several claims about voter fraud being a problem in the US. The Washington Post Fact Checker blog goes through them one by one and gives Miller its worst rating of four Pinocchios, "over and over again."
  • One of Miller's most-quoted lines from Sunday: “The end result of this, though, is that our opponents, the media, and the whole world will soon see as we begin to take further actions, that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned." It came during his appearance on Face the Nation. See the clip.
  • The Week compiles highlights from all his appearances in a two-minute clip here.
  • Trump may have been a fan, but Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski were not. They panned Miller's appearances during the Morning Joe show Monday. "That was horrendous, an embarrassment," said Scarborough, per Mediaite, which has the clip. Brzezinski even started a #MillerTime2Go hashtag.
  • Sean Hannity of Fox soon came to Miller's defense: "Steve Miller works 18 hour days serving the country and the @POTUS," he tweeted to Scarborough. "What do you do? Basically talk to yourself & @morningmika Nobody watches!"
(Read more Stephen Miller stories.)

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