Stephen Miller Claims Biden 'Dealt a Better Hand' Than Any Other President

Former Trump senior advisor Stephen Miller has suggested Joe Biden was "dealt a better hand on day one" than any previous commander-in-chief.

Miller made the comments while speaking with Fox News host Sean Hannity and former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, who served in that role under former President Donald Trump.

"No president in history has been dealt a better hand on day one than President Biden," Miller said on Thursday evening.

"Think about what President Trump left him and what it's become."

He then went on to tout areas in which Trump's allies and supporters have praised the former president on, before criticizing Biden's actions.

"He left him a Middle East that was at the dawn of a new peace. The most secure border in American history. Energy abundance, we had more energy than we knew what to do with. We had an economy that was primed to roar. We had a viable path towards a peace in Afghanistan. All of this and more was left at the doorstep for Joe Biden.

"And what do we have? We have cities out of control with crime, we have open borders, we have the Middle East in tatters, we have Afghanistan falling to pieces.
We have an economy with massive inflation, runaway spending and we have jobs that should be filled that ought to be filled but unwise fiscal stimulus policy is keeping workers out of the workforce. This is a disaster."

Miller suggested this situation was "leading to an era of malaise, suffering and economic stagnation."

"Low wages, high unemployment and massive crime coming across our border and staying in our cities," he said.

Meadows similarly suggested Biden entered the White House in a favorable position, which he attributed to the prior administration.

"He was dealt a great hand, all he had to do was sit in the Oval office and allow much of this to go on autopilot," Meadows said. "Instead what he's done is put progressive socialist policy in place that is harming the American people."

The talking points raised by the pair chime with a theme in criticism from Trump allies attacking Biden.

While allies of Trump have long touted economic successes of his tenure, the COVID-19 pandemic saw the nation take massive hit economically and in terms of jobs. Trump left office with there being 3 million fewer jobs in the U.S. than when he entered the White House. The June jobs report showed signs of improvement in terms of new nonfarm payrolls, which was touted by Biden as "historic progress, pulling our economy out of the worst crisis in 100 years."

Miller's comments on Afghanistan come as Biden announced that the U.S. mission in the nation will end on August 31, 10 days earlier than originally planned. There has been criticism of this due to the Taliban advancing making advances across the country. Trump criticized Biden's withdrawal timeline earlier this year, though said he wanted this to be earlier.

The remarks on "open borders" come as the U.S. continues to face a surge of migrants at the southern border, which Biden critics have blamed on his stances. Biden ceased funding to Trump's border wall, which has sparked the ire of the former president and his allies.

Newsweek has contacted the White House for comment, and also attempted to seek further comment from Miller and Meadows.

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Then White House Senior Policy Advisor Stephen Miller is interviewed on FOX News outside the West Wing of the White House on August 20, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images