Ex-DHS Official: Trump Was ‘Infuriated’ By Efforts To Stop Russian Meddling
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."
Miles Taylor on CNN: "Do not bring up Russia with the President."
"You want the POTUS to be very vocal and to say publicly: "Russia better not meddle in our elections or there will be stiff consequences." The President didn...
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.”