Trump’s Ex-DHS Chief Of Staff Voices Support For Biden, Calls Trump “Terrifying”
Former Department of Homeland Security chief of staff Miles Taylor, who served under President Trump from 2017 to 2019, announced his support for presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Monday.
- In a video for Republican Voters Against Trump (RVAT), Taylor described Trump's presidency as "terrifying" and said the president is "actively doing damage to our security."
- Taylor said Trump wanted to “exploit the Department of Homeland Security for his own political purposes and to fuel his own agenda.
- Trump told the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cut off funding to California as the state fought wildfires, Taylor said in the video, because he was “ so rageful that people in the state of California didn’t support him.”
- The president also wanted to expand child separation at the border.
- When staff would try to explain that certain of his desires were not legal, Trump would say he had “magical authorities,” Taylor said.
“He was one of the most unfocused and undisciplined senior executives I’ve ever encountered. I came away completely convinced based on firsthand experience that the president was ill-equipped and wouldn’t become equipped to do his job effectively. And what’s worse, was actively doing damage to our security.”
- Taylor said his experience in the administration has led him to support Biden: “Even though I’m not a Democrat, even though I disagree on key issues, I’m confident that Joe Biden will protect the country. I’m confident he won’t make the same mistakes as this president.”
Taylor also penned an op-ed in The Washington Post, where he wrote:
The president has tried to turn DHS, the nation’s largest law enforcement agency, into a tool used for his political benefit. He insisted on a near-total focus on issues that he said were central to his reelection — in particular building a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico.
Though he was often talked out of bad ideas at the last moment, the president would make obviously partisan requests of DHS, including when he told us to close the California-Mexico border during a March 28, 2019, Oval Office meeting — it would be better for him politically, he said, than closing long stretches of the Texas or Arizona border — or to “dump” illegal immigrants in Democratic-leaning sanctuary cities and states to overload their authorities, as he insisted several times.
Trump has also damaged the country in countless ways that don’t directly involve national security but, by stoking hatred and division, make Americans profoundly less safe.
The president’s bungled response to the coronavirus pandemic is the ultimate example. In his cavalier disregard for the seriousness of the threat, Trump failed to make effective use of the federal crisis response system painstakingly built after 9/11. Years of DHS planning for a pandemic threat have been largely wasted. Meanwhile, more than 165,000 Americans have died.
It is more than a little ironic that Trump is campaigning for a second term as a law-and-order president. His first term has been dangerously chaotic. Four more years of this are unthinkable.