Miles Taylor, former chief of staff of the Department of Homeland Security under Donald Trump, has expressed outrage after the revelations in Bob Woodward’s new book, “Rage.”
Taylor appeared on CNN’s New Day on Thursday and was shocked that Trump downplayed the COVID-19 pandemic despite admitting it was “deadly stuff.”
“I spent two and a half years in this administration,” Taylor said. “And I thought I had seen it all. There’s no amount of hyperbole that does this justice. The president of the United States has effectively admitted his complicity in the deaths of tens of thousands of Americans — something I don’t think any of us thought we would be saying on live television. But it’s the truth. And you don’t have to take my word for it.”
Taylor then went on to place blame on Trump’s circle of enablers.
“The people around the president, as recently as yesterday, I met with people who at senior levels at the White House have been charged with helping to manage the response. They also feel like the president’s poorly mismanaged response to this crisis resulted in the deaths, needlessly of tens of thousands of Americans,” said Taylor.
Taylor then noted that the Trump administration willingly threw away pandemic plans that had been made by the previous administration.
“Look, we can point back to something we developed in the Bush administration …15 years ago… we developed pandemic response plans that should have been followed to the ‘T.’ The playbook was on the shelf. It was ready for him to use. But because he politicized the response — and because more than anything he was worried about his re-election — they didn’t follow those playbooks. And again, we have dead Americans because of that failure. I think that’s what people should be concerned about and Americans should be thinking about that in the run-up to November 3rd.”
Take a look at his remarks below: