Miles Taylor, the former chief of staff of the Department of Homeland Security who stepped down to push for President Donald Trump’s leadership in August, said Wednesday that he is a “slanderer” of Trump’s White House and a senior administration official, “anonymous.”
In a post on Medium, titled “Why I’m Not Anonymous Now,” Taylor said he wrote an option to get the White House to focus on what he says about the perceived threat to the country to Trump. Instead focused on it.
“The decision was not an easy one. I wrestled with him, and I understand why some people are skeptical of making such serious allegations against a president sitting under the impression of anonymity. But my reasoning was straightforward and I stand by him.” Taylor wrote. “Issuing my critics without attribution forced the president to respond directly to his merits, rather than to the slightest insult and interference by name-calling gender.”
Trump tweeted Wednesday that Taylor is a “fraud.” “Who is Miles Taylor? Said he was ‘anonymous’, but I don’t know him – never heard of him.” One of two tweets.
He continued to tirade against CNN contributors at a campaign rally in Goodyear, Arizona, where he called Taylor a “no-man who never worked in the White House” and a “low-level lifestyle” Sulezbag.
“In my opinion, he should be prosecuted,” Trump said. What he didn’t say.
In an op-ed of the original New York Times, Taylor wrote that “many senior officials in his own administration” were working against Trump from the inside, to frustrate parts of his agenda and his bad attitude.
The unnamed author wrote, “We will do everything we can to steer the administration in the right direction – one way or another – it will be over,” the anonymous author wrote. “We fully recognize what is happening. And we are trying to do what is right, even when Donald Trump does not.”
Trump accused the author of treason and demanded that then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions find out the author’s identity.
D.H.S. In, Taylor was the staff chief of then-Secretary Kirstjen Nilsson, when he signed his decision memo in early May to refer families to the Department of Justice for legal action and dispersal. In media representations since then, he has pushed back his blame for the policy’s consequences, described by physicians for human rights as “government-sanctioned child abuse” by the American Academy of Pediatrics, blaming DOJ and Trump for pushing. Nielsen to sign on.
“People like me should work harder,” he told Noticius Telemondo in ic gust.
Taylor spoke publicly against Trump in August, backing Biden for the presidency in an announcement aired during the Democratic National Convention. In a contemporary essay published in the Washington Post, he claimed that “the country is less secure as a direct result of the president’s actions.” Trump called Taylor in a tweet, calling him “real” hard when he “never heard of him.”
Taylor, who left the administration in July last year, denied being anonymous In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper In august. “I have my own ideas about who she might be,” but “I wear masks for two things – Halloween and epidemic. So no,” he said.
Taylor wrote Wednesday that he is now moving forward in the hope of inspiring others. “That’s why I’m writing this note – to request You If you don’t have to speak out. While I hope that some more Trump officials will quickly find their end, your words are more important than theirs now. He further wrote that it is time to come forward and shed light on the contagious differences in our public discourse.
White House Press Secretary Kyle McKinney condemned Taylor in a statement later Wednesday, saying “this is a low-level, disgruntled former employee liar and coward who has not revealed the name of the action and the leading leak.”
Hogan Gidley, the Trump campaign’s press secretary, called Taylor’s announcement the “least influential, lame political” public of all time. I worked with DHS officials when I was in the White House, and I also had to research who Miles Taylor was. He’s just arrogant about a second-rate issue, and Washington Washington, D.C. Swamp Bro. “
H Hall Lee Jackson Contributed.