Miller dis­cussing com­mu­ni­ca­tions

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Robert Costa

WASH­ING­TON» Stephen Miller, a se­nior pol­icy ad­viser to Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump who is known for his hard-line views on im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy and his fiery ex­changes with re­porters, could ex­pand his port­fo­lio to in­clude com­mu­ni­ca­tions, two White House of­fi­cials said Satur­day.

The White House of­fi­cials cau­tioned that con­ver­sa­tions about Miller’s role are on­go­ing and no fi­nal de­ci­sions have been made. But they ac­knowl­edged that the 31-year-old aide is a can­di­date to take on the mes­sage-shap­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties that usu­ally fall to the com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor, a post that has been va­cated since An­thony Scara­mucci was fired last week af­ter a tu­mul­tuous 10-day stint in the po­si­tion.

Miller, who al­ready serves as Trump’s chief speech­writer and pol­icy ad­viser, is be­ing pitched by his al­lies as some­one who un­der­stands Trump and should have more con­trol over how the pres­i­dent’s agenda is be­ing pro­moted, the of­fi­cials added, re­quest­ing anonymity to dis­cuss per­son­nel.

A White House spokes­woman de­clined to com­ment.

Miller pre­vi­ously worked on press and com­mu­ni­ca­tions for At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions when he was in the Se­nate and for for­mer GOP con­gress­woman Michele Bach­mann. In­side the White House, he has built a close bond with the pres­i­dent, White House se­nior ad­viser Jared Kush­ner and White House chief strate­gist Stephen Ban­non.

While Miller’s as­so­ci­ates from the cam­paign praise him as a Ban­non­style na­tion­al­ist who chan­nels Trump’s base, he does have crit­ics. One of the of­fi­cials said that there are reser­va­tions on the staff about giv­ing Miller ex­ten­sive say over com­mu­ni­ca­tions since he has a ten­dency to be dis­mis­sive of re­porters, which could fur­ther tensions be­tween the news me­dia and the White House.

Miller last Wed­nes­day had a tense back-and­forth ex­change with CNN’S Jim Acosta dur­ing a news brief­ing on Trump’s lat­est im­mi­gra­tion plan, ac­cus­ing the re­porter of “cos­mopoli­tan bias.”

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