Ex-Trump Official: Lou Dobbs Was Effectively Trump’s Defacto Chief-of-Staff
Former Department of Homeland Security Official Miles Taylor told CNN that Fox News host Lou Dobbs was effectively President Trump’s “shadow chief of staff,” as the president wanted officials to watch Dobbs’ show and follow his lead.
- Speaking with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Taylor said, “This is really disheartening, but there was a period of time where, at first jokingly, we would say that Fox late night host Lou Dobbs was the sort of shadow chief of staff of the Trump administration.”
- The former official said Trump would call and say, “Why the hell didn’t you want Lou Dobbs last night? You need to listen to Lou. What Lou says is what I want to do.”
- “If Lou Dobbs peddled a conspiracy theory on late night television, or made an erroneous claim about what should be done either at the border or with some law enforcement operation, the president wanted us to be tuning in every night,” Taylor said.
- “My response to that was, I don’t have any time to watch Lou Dobbs in the evening,” he told Cooper.
- Nevertheless, Taylor said “this happened on a regular basis.”
Watch: (exchange begins at 8:18 mark)