A former White House aide claims in a new book that Stephen Miller, a senior adviser to President Trump who is widely viewed as the architect behind the 2017 travel ban on people from several predominately Muslim countries, once told him he “would be happy if not a single refugee foot ever again touched America’s soil,” reports The Atlantic.
Cliff Sims, a former aide on the White House communication team who left the administration last year, details the interaction in his new book, “Team of Vipers: My 500 Extraordinary Days in the Trump White House.”
Miller, who is one of Trump’s main speechwriters, is credited with being a significant influence on many of Trump’s strict immigration policies.
Sims writes that Miller played both sides of the “globalist/nationalist” split within the administration.
According to the book, Miller was former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon’s “right-wing protege,” but later turned on him, “plung[ing] the knife” in Bannon’s back in a conversation with Trump before Bannon’s premature exit.
“Your polling numbers are actually very strong considering Steve won’t stop leaking to the press and trying to undermine Jared,” Sims says Miller said to the president, referring to White House adviser and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner. “If Steve wasn’t doing that, I bet you’d be ten points higher.”
Sims claims that Miller has since grown close to Kushner.