Axios’ Jonathan Swan: Stephen Miller Did Tapper Interview Partly to ‘Publicly Behead Steve Bannon’


White House senior policy advisor Stephen Miller appeared on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday and it quickly turned into a contentious and combative affair. At one point, host Jake Tapper noted that Miller was performing for an audience of one, referring to President Donald Trump. That was pretty much confirmed as Trump tweeted minutes after the segment aired that Tapper “just got destroyed” by Miller.

During an MSNBC panel discussion on the Tapper/Miller interview, Axios’ Jonathan Swan explained that one of the tasks Miller had during his appearance was to take out former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who is now dead to Trump over his provocative comments in Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury.

Swan let Hardball host Chris Matthews know that Miller’s appearance was “bloodsport,” especially since the White House had not provided a senior administration official to Tapper in weeks. He added that it was obvious that they wanted to provoke a fight by using Miller.

Regarding Bannon and Miller taking shots at him during the interview, Swan made the following observation:

“One of the reasons he was on was to publicly behead Steve Bannon. That was one of the purposes of him going on that show.”

Swan added that Trump wanted Miller, a former ally of Bannon’s, to go out there and “gut him.”

Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.

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