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Stephen Miller Appears on CNN to Yell at Wolf Blitzer in Nuts Interview: ‘ISIS Has Been Defeated!’

White House aide Stephen Miller appeared on CNN Thursday night for a heated clash with anchor Wolf Blitzer.

The two battled it out at a trying time for the Trump administration. As CNN’s chyron read: “DEFENSE SECRETARY QUITS IN PROTEST OVER TRUMP MIDDLE EAST POLICY AS GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN LOOMS AND FINANCIAL MARKETS TANK.”

Miller kicked off the interview with a massive grin.

“I see you smiling, but right now doesn’t look like there’s a lot to smile about,” Blitzer said gravely, asking first about the shock resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis.

“There is a lot to be happy about,” Miller protested. He cited the Farm Bill, criminal justice reform and a strong economy as administration successes.

On Mattis, Miller insisted Mattis was retiring, counter to Blitzer’s impression that the defense secretary is clearly quitting over disagreements with Trump over U.S. policy in the Middle East.

Miller then went on the offense against the media: “Let’s talk about the big picture here, Wolf. The media that’s having this hysterical reaction James Mattis retiring, is the same media in many cases, the same politicians in many cases, who cheered our nation into a war in Iraq that turned out to be an absolute catastrophe. This president got elected to get our foreign policy back on the right track after years of being adrift.”

“Does the president want to withdraw the 14,000 troops from Afghanistan and the 5,000 U.S. troops in Iraq, in addition to the 2,000 troops in Syria?” Blitzer asked.

Miller said he didn’t have any policy announcements to make, before going on a tirade about ISIS — prompting Blitzer to ask about Trump’s contradictory statements on whether the terror group is defeated.

“ISIS has been defeated!” Miller cried at Blitzer.

Watch above, via CNN.

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