Ex-DHS Official: Trump Was ‘Infuriated’ By Efforts To Stop Russian Meddling

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Miles Taylor claims that President Trump was "infuriated" by efforts against Russian election interference.

Miles Taylor, a former chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security, “has claimed that administration officials were told to avoid discussing Russia with Donald Trump, who was "infuriated" by suggestions that his administration should work to prevent election interference,” according to The Independent.

  • The former Trump administration official made a splash this week when he endorsed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in an op-ed for The Washington Post and in a video for the group Republican Voters Against Trump (RVAT).
  • Taylor said, "We were quite literally told, 'Do not bring up issues related to Russia with the president. It might be counterproductive.”
  • Speaking with CNN, he added: "When we were in 2018, driving towards the mid-term elections, it was clear our No. 1 homeland security concern was the possibility that the Russians might do again what they did in 2016. You want the president of the United States to be very vocal and to say publicly: 'Russia better not meddle in our elections or there's going to be stiff consequences.' The president didn't want to do that."
  • Taylor said Trump was "infuriated at the suggestion that anything was being done on the subject,” adding: "We couldn't get him to focus on it, the secretary of Homeland Security would call him about it, we tried to schedule meetings about it.”

At one meeting to discuss US counties facing potential election threats, the president "wanted to talk about how many counties he had won in 2016."

"He's not focused on the threat, he's not focused on the reality," Mr Taylor said. "At this point it's time for us to put country over party and I hope other Republicans would do the same."

The Independent noted that the Senate Intelligence Committee released the final installment of its Russia report on Tuesday, finding that “the Trump administration had obstructed its investigation and embraced and encouraged help from the Russians in 2016.”

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FrankSterleJr
FrankSterleJr

Noam Chomsky stated in an interview that such (especially pseudo) scandals serve as a distraction from the actual scandalous happenings that are taking place on a daily basis in Washington, D.C., and only serve to embolden the “rich and powerful.”
In the case of Russiagate, he specifically uses the configuration of the cabinet as an example: “…The cabinet was designed that way. Every cabinet official was chosen to destroy anything of human significance in that part of the government. It’s so systematic that it can’t be unplanned. I doubt that Trump planned it. My impression is that his only ideology is ‘me’. But whoever is working on it is doing a pretty effective job, and the Democrats are cooperating—cooperating in a very striking way … Take a look at the focus in Çongress. It’s one of the few decent things Trump has been doing. So maybe members of his transition team contacted the Russians. Is that a bad thing? Recent ambassador to Russia, Jack Matlock, had a blog where he pointed out that, ‘It’s exactly what you should be doing. It’s the job of ambassadors and diplomats coming in. There are serious problems and tensions you want to talk over to see if there’s anything you can do about them.”
Chomsky had also noted that, “While everything is focusing on that, the Paul Ryan republicans, who are, in my view, the most dangerous and savage group in the country, are busy implementing programs that they have been talking quietly about for years. Very savage programs, which have very simple principles. One, be sure to offer to the rich and powerful gifts beyond the dreams of avarice, and [two], kick everyone else in the face. And it’s going on step by step right behind the bluster…”


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