Extreme Right Conservative Populist Increases His Influence in the West Wing

Background

Stephen Miller (born 1985/1986) is a Senior Advisor to President Donald Trump. Prior to his current appointment, he was the communications director for then-Alabama senator, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, an aide to U.S. Senator Scott Brown during his 2014 campaign in New Hampshire, as well as press secretary for Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and Congressman John Shadegg.

Career

After graduating from college, Miller worked as a press secretary for Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and Congressman John Shadegg, both members of the Republican Party. Miller started working for Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions in 2009, rising to the position of communications director. In the 113th Congress, Miller played a major role in defeating the bi-partisan Gang of Eight’s proposed immigration reform bill. Miller and Sessions developed what Miller describes as “nation-state populism,” a response to globalization and immigration that would strongly influence Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.Miller also worked on Dave Brat’s successful 2014 House campaign, which unseated Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

In January 2016, Miller joined Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign for president, serving as a senior policy adviser. Starting in March 2016, Miller frequently spoke on behalf of the Trump campaign, serving as a “warm-up act” for Trump. Miller wrote the speech Trump gave at the 2016 Republican National Convention. In August 2016, Miller was named as the head of Trump’s economic policy team.

Trump White House

In November 2016, Miller was named national policy director of Trump’s transition team. On December 13, 2016, the transition team announced that Miller will serve as Senior Advisor to the President for Policy during the Trump administration.

In the early days of the Trump administration, Miller worked with Senator Jeff Sessions, President Trump’s candidate for Attorney General, and Steve Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist, to enact policies restricting immigration and cracking down on sanctuary cities. As a result, Miller was involved in the creation of Executive Order 13769, which temporarily restricts U.S. travel and immigration by individuals from seven countries, temporarily suspends the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program, and indefinitely suspends entry of Syrian refugees to the United States.

On February 12, 2017, Miller appeared on ABC TV’s program “This Week” where he criticized the judiciary for its adjudication of preliminary challenges to the executive order. Miller asserted that the judiciary should play no role in reviewing the president’s immigration order, commentary that was met with widespread criticism from legal and political pundits, with one pundit labeling Miller’s comments as evincing “an absurd lack of appreciation for the [constitutional] separation of powers.”

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