'That's Stephen': White House Adviser's Controversial Style Dates Back To His Youth

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Senior White House policy adviser Stephen Miller talks to reporters about President Trump’s support for creating a “merit-based immigration system” in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on Aug. 2.

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Senior White House policy adviser Stephen Miller talks to reporters about President Trump’s support for creating a “merit-based immigration system” in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on Aug. 2.

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Stephen Miller stood at the lectern in the White House press briefing room wearing his trademark skinny suit and tie and engaged in the kind of verbal combat he’s been perfecting since high school.

Miller, 31, a policy adviser and speechwriter in the Trump White House, sparred with a CNN correspondent about legislation that would reduce legal immigration and require those immigrating to the U.S. to speak English. There was even a heated exchange about the meaning of the Statue of Liberty.

For those who knew Miller way back when, the exchange came as no surprise.

“Before he even addressed reporters about the immigration policy … I was like, that’s Stephen all over [President Trump’s prepared remarks]. You can hear it. You can just hear it,” says Nick Silverman, a writer in Los Angeles and former high school classmate of Miller’s.

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