Fox News Channel’s Eric Bolling told viewers Wednesday that President Trump should never again allow senior aide Stephen Miller to command a White House press briefing, as had happened earlier that afternoon.
CNN’s Jim Acosta and The New York Times’ Glenn Thrush received pointed rebukes during a press briefing on the Senate’s Raise Act immigration bill. Mr. Miller’s critiques of the reporters captured headlines, but his performance did not sit well with the host of “The Fox News Specialists.”
“Conservatives are behind it, going ‘About time, awesome.’ And then they put Stephen Miller out there to deliver the message and look what we get. We get — listen, he’s a brilliant guy, he’s a great policy adviser. He is not a communications person,” Mr. Bolling said, Mediaite reported.
“Don’t put that guy in front of the cameras again. And the message gets stepped on because everyone is going to play that interchange with Acosta instead of talking about how great this immigration policy is. They really have to fix their communications department,” he continued.
The show’s panel took issue with Mr. Miller’s reference to Mr. Acosta as having “cosmopolitan bias” after he was asked if Mr. Trump only wanted immigrants from “Great Britain and Australia.”
“I have to say, I am shocked at your statement that you think that only people from Great Britain and Australia would know English,” Mr. Miller said. “It’s all — it reveals your cosmopolitan bias to a shocking degree that in your mind — no, this is an amazing moment. Jim, have you honestly never met an immigrant from another country who speaks English outside of Great Britain and Australia?”
Mr. Miller also told Mr. Thrush that senators might “carve-out” a section of their immigration bill, which would allow The Times to “hire all the less skilled, low paid workers from other countries [to] see how you feel about low-wage substitution.”
Fox’s Eboni K. Williams’ agreed with her co-host on Mr. Miller’s performance, implying that Mr. Miller himself possessed “cosmopolitan” bias.
“This is a guy who grew up in Santa Monica and went to Duke University,” she said.