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White House aide appears to catch some Zs amid gun control, school safety meeting

Stephen Miller, Senior Advisor for US President Donald J. Trump, nods off as the President speaks about ways to combat mass shootings at high schools during a meeting with the nation's governors in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 26 February 2018. .
Stephen Miller, Senior Advisor for US President Donald J. Trump, nods off as the President speaks about ways to combat mass shootings at high schools during a meeting with the nation's governors in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 26 February 2018. . EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

White House aide Stephen Miller appeared to fall asleep during a meeting about school safety in the wake of the Florida high school shooting on Monday.

Miller, a senior policy advisor for U.S. President Donald Trump, was a chief architect of the administration’s immigration policy.

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He was attending the annual governors’ meeting at the White House, in which Trump discussed gun control and school safety.

The meeting came amid a continuing debate led by young survivors of the Parkland school shooting, in which 17 people died after a gunman took an AR-15 rifle into a high school.

During the meeting, Miller was seen yawning and rubbing his eyes.

Stephen Miller, Senior Advisor for US President Donald J. Trump, rubs his face as the President speaks about ways to combat mass shootings at high schools during a meeting with the nation’s governors in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 26 February 2018.
Stephen Miller, Senior Advisor for US President Donald J. Trump, rubs his face as the President speaks about ways to combat mass shootings at high schools during a meeting with the nation’s governors in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 26 February 2018. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO
Stephen Miller, Senior Advisor for US President Donald J. Trump, yawns as the President speaks about ways to combat mass shootings at high schools during a meeting with the nation’s governors in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 26 February 2018.
Stephen Miller, Senior Advisor for US President Donald J. Trump, yawns as the President speaks about ways to combat mass shootings at high schools during a meeting with the nation’s governors in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 26 February 2018. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

Then he hung his head, as if he were asleep, leaning over in his chair.

Stephen Miller, Senior Advisor for US President Donald J. Trump, nods off as the President speaks about ways to combat mass shootings at high schools during a meeting with the nation’s governors in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 26 February 2018.
Stephen Miller, Senior Advisor for US President Donald J. Trump, nods off as the President speaks about ways to combat mass shootings at high schools during a meeting with the nation’s governors in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 26 February 2018. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

The pictures were taken by Jim Lo Scalzo, an EPA photographer.

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During the meeting, Trump said there was a lack of action on school safety.

“We continue to mourn the loss of so many precious young lives. These are incredible people. I visited with a lot of them. But we’ll turn our grief into action. We have to have action. We don’t have any action,” Trump said.

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He also said that if he had been in Parkland, he would have rushed to aid of students during the shooting.

Miller, who was credited with helping to write Trump’s controversial travel bans, was called “the most polarizing figure” in the Trump White House after Steve Bannon left by Business Insider.

According to Insider, he also helps to write major speeches like Trump’s first State of the Union.

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Last year, an argumentative interaction between Miller and CNN’s Jim Acosta went viral after Acosta asked if the then-proposed immigration legislation favoured English speakers.

Miller defended the legislation and the Englis-speaking preference.

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