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Trump Aide: ‘Extreme Media’ Do Whatever They Can to ‘Tear Down’ President

Miller defends commander-in-chief's immigration agenda, promises 'we're going to take the message out to the people'

White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller said, “the extreme media is going to do whatever it can to tear down” President Donald Trump and thwart his agenda, during an interview Tuesday on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

Miller, who made headlines last week following his testy exchange with CNN reporter Jim Acosta about Trump’s immigration agenda during a White House press briefing, said that he is now referring to the “mainstream media” as the “extreme media.” Although Trump and his associates repeatedly have called out the “mainstream media” for their “fake news” bias against his administration, Miller maintained that the term doesn’t go far enough.

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“There’s segments of the extreme media — I wouldn’t call it mainstream, because it’s extreme to want no borders, it’s extreme to want to have unlimited cheap migration driving down working-class wages. These are extreme positions,” he said.

“And so the extreme media is going to do whatever it can to tear down this president, but as long as the people stand for what they want and what they believe, then we’re gonna keep winning,” Miller continued.

Miller appeared at the press briefing last week to push the Senate’s Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act, which Trump endorsed earlier in the day. The RAISE Act seeks to reduce the number of green cards issued while promoting merit-based immigration and prioritizing English-speaking immigrants.

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When Laura Ingraham, who was guest-hosting for Carlson, asked Miller how the Trump administration plans to peddle its immigration message to the American people, the senior policy adviser said that Trump is “the most gifted politician of our time, and he’s the best orator to hold that office in generations.”

“And so, we’re going to take the message out to the people,” he said, adding that Trump “is the leader of this nationwide and populist movement, and it’s about uplifting working-class people — black, Hispanic, white, all backgrounds.”

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During the course of the contentious press briefing, Acosta had complained that such a system would only allow immigrants from countries such as Great Britain and Australia to enter the U.S., implying that most immigrants from other countries do not speak English. Miller aggressively defended the Trump administration’s immigration policies and accused Acosta of harboring a “cosmopolitan bias,” noting that plenty of Hispanic immigrants already speak English before they arrive.

When Acosta cited portions of Emma Lazarus’ poem “The New Colossus,” which is attached to the Statue of Liberty’s base and welcomes the world’s “tired” and “poor” to U.S. shores, Miller noted that poems aren’t constitutional laws.

“The media’s gotten the president wrong, of course, since the day he announced and every day since, and he’s been right and they’ve been wrong,” he said Tuesday, adding that immigration reform is an “American issue.”

“And eventually, if an idea has support from a broad swath of the public, it’s only a question of time when it happens. Right now I’m focused on trying to get more support, as much as we can, for the RAISE Act and the president’s other policy initiatives.”

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